The Council on Undergraduate Research defines undergraduate research as an “inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline.”
Undergraduate research is faculty-driven, student-centered, and institutionally supported and provides the combination of factors necessary for pedagogical effectiveness, enhanced learning outcomes, research productivity, and research program sustainability.
What are the Benefits of Undergraduate Research?
According to the Council on Undergraduate Research, active undergraduate student participation in research:
- Enhances student learning through mentoring relationships with faculty
- Increases retention and graduation in academic programs
- Increases enrollment in graduate education and provides effective career preparation
- Develops critical thinking, creativity, problem-solving, and intellectual independence
- Develops an understanding of research methodology
- Promotes an innovation-oriented culture