Why Should I Do Research?
Benefits for the student...
Participating in undergraduate research can provide opportunities for you to:
- Work one-on-one with faculty, graduate students, and post-doctoral researchers;
- Contribute to the creation of new knowledge;
- Sharpen your critical and analytical thinking skills;
- Complement and extend your classroom learning;
- Enhance your confidence in your abilities;
- Prepare for graduate-level study; and,
- Explore your interests and clarify your career goals.
Some of the greatest benefits of being involved in research are the insights it gives you on:
- the ways you learn best,
- How new knowledge is created; and,
- What you can accomplish when actively engaging your own research questions, or
- How to effectively collaborate in a team for a shared initiative.
Adapted from Coastal Carolina University
For the faculty....Christopher R. Madan, University of Alberta Braden D. Teitge, University of Alberta
The undergraduate experience is greatly enriched by attaining research experience early and often. Recently this has been demonstrated empirically and discussed at length in a variety of disciplines, including but not limited to engineering (Narayanan, 1999), medicine (Murdoch-Eaton et al., 2010), biology (Reynolds, Smith, Moskovitz, & Sayle, 2009), physiology (Desai et al., 2008), neuroscience (Frantz, DeHaan, Demetrikopoulos, & Carruth, 2006), psychology (Wayment & Dickson, 2008), as well as in multidisciplinary discussions in prestigious journals (e.g., Carrero-Martinez, 2011; Russell, Hancock, & McCullough, 2007).
However, while the benefits of undergraduate research are numerous and far reaching, the majority of articles on the topic focus on a retrospective viewpoint of undergraduate research initiatives at specific universities. This paper looks forward, offering the students’ perspective on how academic advisers can advocate for undergraduate research and engage junior and senior undergraduates in research, as well as how advisers can promote undergraduate research within the faculty. - See more here
** Article from Penn State - Division of Undergraduate Studies (link above)