Students in the College of Sciences are strongly encouraged to take advantage of opportunities to gain research experience at the undergraduate level. Sciences faculty include world-class researchers who are involved in cutting-edge research initiatives that are interesting, thought-provoking and provide solutions to real-world problems; many of our faculty are seeking to mentor outstanding undergraduate students who are interested in gaining research experience. Participation in research provides students with the opportunity to learn the skills that are sought after by both employers and graduate programs and can give students an important competitive advantage for their future careers. Such experience allows students to demonstrate that they can take material learned in the classroom and integrate it into practical applications, which will be critical in their future as they further their education or enter the workforce.
Academic Credit for Research
Most sciences majors give students the opportunity to earnacademic credit for undergraduate research completed under the direction of a faculty mentor. Each major offers a specific course intended to provide this type of credit; review this information in the University catalog and contact the Chief Departmental Advisor for your major with questions about how to get started.
Get to know your faculty members and ask about the research projects they are currently working on to see if they are looking for undergraduate research assistants. This is the best way to find a faculty member willing to mentor your research project.
Undergraduate Research Program
The Undergraduate Research Program, which is supported by the Office of Academic Affairs and the Honors College, is designed to promote, support and fund the involvement of undergraduate students in the active research community. The Undergraduate Research Program's website provides students with a list of research opportunities by major. Many of the research opportunities posted are geared toward students in the College of Sciences.
The Undergraduate Research Program also sponsors the university-wide research grant program which provides qualified students research grants that allow them to pursue original research, scholarship, or creative work under the mentorship of a full-time faculty member. This program is open to all juniors and seniors with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 and provides a $1500 stipend for one semester.