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Undergraduate Research

Why Consider Research?

Our research ambassadors talk about their research experiences and why you should get involved.

Research is exciting, challenging, and pushes you out of your comfort zone to greater heights. Research develops personal and professional skills and gives you the opportunity to explore your curiosity and learn to embrace discovery. Research is a unique and important experience because it has limitless potential for growth in all areas of campus.

Grace Beauchamp, Chemistry & Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Ryan Earley

While most classes teach you about what is already known, research puts you on the cutting edge. You get firsthand experience into the material you are learning and may help change the knowledge base of the field. And while research may feel daunting, there are so many people who can serve as a support base such as faculty mentors and peers who want you to succeed and who help to guide you through the process.

Research is an integral part of the university and having even a small part of that is extremely beneficial to your college experience.

Amy Cox, Communications Disorders
Mentor: Dr. Paul Reed

Students should get involved in undergraduate research because it allows students the opportunity to both learn and apply their knowledge outside an academic context. Through research, I learned about cutting-edge advancements in technology that I never would have learned about in a class. I had to think creatively about solving problems, and enact my solutions.

Research helped me learn to adapt and stay flexible when things don’t go to plan.

Aubrey Dettman, Mechanical Engineering & Art History
Mentor: Dr. Amanda Koh

Being a part of research has been a major highlight of my college experience. Coming from a background of not much lab experience, to within a year and a half being a published author on a scientific paper has not only help me as a student, but has allowed me to gain confidence within myself and see the impact my research could have on other people! Research is an extension of the classroom and I think all students should experience the impact doing research, putting the hours and hard work, can have on not only you as a student but also aid you in your future endeavors and make a lasting impact!

Teralan Hobson-Matthews, Biology
Mentor: Dr. Brandon Kim