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Introduction to Research

Participation in undergraduate research offers many important benefits to students. 

  • You will develop insight into the process of conducting research in your chosen field.
  • You will learn about yourself and be able to make better decisions about your future career or graduate education.
  • You will learn a variety of skills that will benefit you regardless of the direction you take after graduation.
  • You will have an advantage over your competitors when you apply to graduate or pre-professional training.

Myths about Undergraduate Research

Myth #1: Undergraduate research is only for scientists

Truth: One of the biggest myths about research is that it is for students majoring in science or technology. People often picture beakers, microscopes, test tubes or supercomputers when they think about research. The truth is that research is truly unlimited! From composing an original composition as a musician or investigating the uses for iPads in elementary school classrooms - you are only limited by your imagination when it comes to developing a research project.

Myth #2: I need to be an upperclassman to participate in research

Truth: Undergraduate research is not just for upperclass students. Many students have developed research projects, volunteered in labs or participated in studies as freshmen or sophomores.

Myth #3: I don't have time to do undergraduate research

Truth:There is a lot of variety when it comes to research projects. The most important thing is to be realistic and up front about what you can commit to a research project. Some students may spend 20 hours a week on a project while others may spend two or three hours a week. Be sure to communicate well with your faculty advisor or mentor and take control of your personal time management.

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