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Why Should I Do Research?

Participating in undergraduate research will expand your academic experience at UCF. Research is a process of careful inquiry leading to the discovery of new information. Although there are some differences in how research is conducted across disciplines, research is not restricted to certain disciplines and occurs in all programs at UCF. Undergraduate students are currently working on numerous and diverse projects; please review the 2013 Showcase program to learn more about these projects.

Some of the many benefits of becoming a researcher include:

  1. Working closely with a faculty mentor.
  2. Enhancing your understanding and knowledge of your academic field.
  3. Clarifying your academic, career, and personal interests.
  4. Gaining academic credentials that help expand your resume, such as presenting at the UCF Showcase or other conferences, publishing, and working with a research team.
  5. Learning skills in communication (written and oral), critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, and time management.
  6. Exploring research techniques.
  7. Earning academic credit, scholarships, stipends, and/or awards for having conducted research.

If you have any questions about the benefits of engaging in undergraduate research, feel free to contact OUR or a Student Undergraduate Research Council member.