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What is undergraduate research?

An inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline (as defined by the Council on Undergraduate Research). Note that undergraduate research is not limited to science and engineering majors, but rather encompasses all disciplines, including the arts, humanities, social sciences, behavioral sciences, health science, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).

Why should you carry out research or creative endeavors to supplement your academic experience? What are the benefits to you if you do get involved in research? How do you begin? How do you find a research adviser? These are great questions that every student should ask before they begin. Most of your questions should be answered by the information in the links to the right. After reading over this information, if you still have questions about getting involved undergraduate research, please email to make an appointment to speak with someone in the Office of Undergraduate Research to discuss your interests and to plan a course of action.

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Research in Physics

Pursue solutions and discoveries that matter. Create ideas and take part in world-changing innovation and research. Reach the limits of what you can do and then keep on going.