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Why Should I Do Research?

Participating in undergraduate research expands your academic experience at the University of Central Florida. There are many benefits to becoming a researcher, including:

  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.

Undergraduate students are currently working on numerous and diverse projects; please review the Showcase programs to learn more about these projects. 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.