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Why should I consider participating in undergraduate research?

Research is an opportunity for you to identify something that interests you and study it in depth. It is up to you to seek out the information you need from textbooks and primary sources.

Research involves:

  • critical thinking
  • problem-solving
  • detailed analysis
  • synthesis of ideas

This approach tends to be how learning happens outside of school - not by memorization and regurgitation but by trial, error, and hopefully, success. Immersing yourself in research will teach you how to do the work on your own.

You can make significant contributions to the research effort and scholarly productivity at UNCW. As a result you will:

  • establish meaningful relationships with the faculty
  • enhance your academic experience
  • develop marketable career skills
  • prepare yourself for competitive graduate and professional schools

Indeed, most graduate programs will expect to see some track record of undergraduate research as a requirement for admissions. All fields of industry welcomes students who already have the kind of applicable job experience and training gained through the practice of research.

What are the benefits of UGR?