As a research-intensive university, the U of S strives to enhance undergraduate students’ learning and scholarship through experience with research. In addition to traditional lab work, research is available for all students in all disciplines and includes scholarly and artistic works. Simply put, research is asking questions, investigating, and communicating your findings. Think of it this way, you have been a researcher from birth and have developed and expanded your abilities to discover new things as you progressed through varied school and life experiences to arrive at university.  

It’s never too early to start thinking about what you are interested in and how you can explore your interests and enhance your learning through university research.  The U of S provides many opportunities for hands-on learning, termed Experiential Learning. Experiential Learning enables students to further develop skills, including research skills, within a supportive environment.  Further information about undergraduate research can be found in the Getting Started with Undergraduate Research Section.

For more help with research, check out the How to Guides for undergraduate research, speak with a professor, visit a library branch, and come visit us at Student Learning Services.

U of S Library Branches offer both online and in-person help with research:

Student Learning Services are here to assist you with all types of learning – speak with us in-person or explore our online resources:

  • Undergraduate Research Workshops are open to students in any discipline and focus on practical skills and tips such as creating research posters, how to start talking to professors about research, finding funding, and linking research to a career.
  • Writing Help offers writing workshops and drop-in and online tutoring sessions.  A large part of research is the ability to effectively share your findings; therefore many undergraduate classes include a writing component. 

Participating in undergraduate research can result in long-term benefits to students, through the acquisition of “real world” skills.  Benefits include:

  • Building communication proficiency (learning how to speak to varied audiences)
  • Experience in a professional environment
  • Increasing resiliency – discover how to overcome obstacles and learn from mistakes
  • Independent learning
  • Learning how to phrase a research question and interpret data
  • Understanding the role of faculty
  • Recognizing ways of knowing and how knowledge is created
  • Increasing curiosity about the world and scholarship

Usher, B. (2013). Preparing Students for the World through Undergraduate Research. Tedx Talks. Retrieved from: https://youtu.be/73nzMbMDOiw