What is Undergraduate Research (UR)?
The Council for Undergraduate Research (CUR) defines UR as: An inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline.
Although UR projects vary by discipline, three general criteria guide all undergraduate research and creative projects:
Students who engage in UR:
- Work from a research question, hypothesis, or thesis statement
- Apply research design/methods to generate findings
- Communicate findings through presentation, publication, or other methods of dissemination
Students in all majors and at any level of study can participate in undergraduate research. First and second year students, and students interested in medical school or graduate school are strongly encouraged to participate.
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Students who participate in UR:
- Gain hands-on research and professional development skills, which add value to the bachelor’s degree.
- Enrich and enhance society through research discoveries.
- Develop a diverse set of skills that are marketable and transferable to all professional careers.
- Network with a community of scholars and build lasting relationships with mentors.
- Become self-directed, life-long learners, skills that are necessary for success in graduate school and the world of work.
- Learn how to work collaboratively to achieve goals.
Yes! If you are not ready to participate in UR but would like to get involved with the URaCE community, volunteer with the Office for URaCE!
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