What is undergraduate research?
Research is about passion and exploring the unknown. Research is the systematic investigation into and study of materials and sources in order to establish facts and reach new conclusions.This knowledge can come in many different varieties, such as new facts that were previously unknown, theories about how facts are connected, improving current methods or techniques, or uncovering new questions that have yet to be answered. The research can happen in any discipline: the natural sciences and mathematics, the social sciences, and the humanities and fine arts. Research can happen anywhere – on a cluttered bench in a scientific laboratory and in the dirt of the great outdoors, in the dusty archives of a library and on a computer screen in your home, in our neighboring communities and in lands abroad.
Undergraduate research (UGR) is scholarly study in any discipline in which inquiry, discovery, and creativity culminate advancements in science, technology, the arts or humanities. Any undergraduate chosen by a mentor may participate in UGR. Students from all disciplines – from anthropology, history, design and English to physics, microbiology and business management – can engage in the excitement of scholarly research.