Research and scholarship is how the academic community communicates with the world. Taking multiple forms, research includes scholarly and creative activities that can lead to new knowledge, improve our ability to solve problems, result in new theory, and/ or in the creation of new art or an artistic performance. Research is a process of careful inquiry leading to the discovery of new information.
WHAT IS UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP?
Undergraduate research and scholarship is a unique opportunity for students to work with faculty on their scholarship and produce a presentation, paper, or creative work that contributes to the knowledge or activity of a particular academic discipline.
Some students will work on part of a faculty member’s current research project. Other students may develop an independent project of their own that is guided by a faculty member. Either way, students have opportunities in a variety of disciplines from art history to zoology to engage in original hands-on research and scholarship.
WHY SHOULD A STUDENT DO RESEARCH?
The literature demonstrates that students who participate in undergraduate research benefit in the following ways:
Greater problem solving skills
Better understanding of research methods
Deeper understanding of the discipline
Greater confidence and independence
Better understanding of career and education path
In addition, the literature also indicates that student who participate in research and scholarship:
Are more satisfied with their college experience
Are retained and persist at a higher rate, both at university and within their major
Are more likely to be accepted to graduate and professional school and graduate.
Are more competitive when searching for jobs