Students involved in research often report greater enjoyment of their program as they become more engaged in disciplinary ways of thinking.
Research involves asking questions, using the methods of a discipline to find answers, and communicating results. By getting involved in this process early on, you bring curiosity and uncover perspectives which enrich your own learning experiences and contribute to knowledge creation in your discipline. This practice of discovery is core to what our university does best: finding meaning and coming up with solutions for the world around us. Meaningful undergraduate research, scholarly and artistic experiences in-class and through extra-curricular involvement benefit you by strengthening your scholarship and developing relevant skills for your future.
Research is not only an excellent way to enhance your undergraduate education, it also helps you to develop important transferable skills. Following a meaningful research experience, you will have developed analytical and synthesis skills, as well as gained a valuable communication experience, whether oral, written, or both. Look for ways to get involved or to conduct research to hone your critical thinking and problem solving abilities, all while furthering knowledge related to your area(s) of study.
Topics for workshops during regular term can include:
- Finding Funding Opportunities
- How to Approach a Research Supervisor
- How to Create a Research Poster
- Showcasing Your Research
- Getting Involved as a Research Coach
- Transferable Skills: from research to the workplace
Engaging in research is increasingly being recognized as a valuable aspect of an undergraduate education. When you do research, you take control of your education and gain a stronger sense of autonomy in your studies. With this greater sense of enjoyment and control, you are increasingly prepared to find fulfilling careers in your discipline or to enroll in further studies.