What is Research?

Student working with science equipment, studying DNA

Research is an investigation into the world around us that leads to better understanding. Humans have being doing research for thousands of years, and their discoveries have lead to a variety of improvements in society. Research is done in a variety of ways but consists of asking questions, investigating, and reporting the findings.

Why do Research?

There are many opportunities that come from conducting research. One major benefit is that students can enhance their competitiveness for graduate or professional school admission or employment. Students also have the opportunity to:

  • Work with faculty mentors: this helps you to learn from an experienced mentor and network and build relationships with professors. This can be very helpful when needing letters of recommendation for scholarships, graduate or professional school, or future employment.
  • Participate in research that has a far-reaching impact.
  • Make contribution to a field you care about.

As a student researcher you will not only have the opportunity to build relationships and make a difference in the world around you, but you will learn to:

  • Develop and implement research protocols
  • Think and analyze critically
  • Write research papers
  • Present research papers
  • Collaborate with other researchers