Empowering the next generation of STEM professionals
Students in the College of Sciences and Mathematics participating in undergraduate research develop valuable skills by conducting research or contributing to a larger research project. Opportunities such as the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience help students learn skills needed for professional success after graduation.
Undergraduate research projects may involve:
- developing soft skills (critical thinking, problem-solving, adaptability, quantitative reasoning, communication, personal and time management, professionalism, collaboration and responsibility),
- identifying and utilizing relevant previous work in support of a research project,
- identifying and utilizing appropriate methodologies to address a research question or creative objective,
- meeting the relevant field’s standards for the responsible conduct of research and effectively navigating challenges that arise in the research process,
- working collaboratively with other researchers through demonstration of effective communication and problem-solving skills,
- writing a manuscript and/or presenting the research effectively in a conference setting,
- and reflecting constructively on the research experience by identifying what was learned, personal strengths and opportunities for growth, and how the experience informs future educational and career goals.
Summer Undergraduate Research Experience
The Summer Undergraduate Research Experience is an opportunity for students to be paired with a faculty member for one-on-one mentoring during the summer. S.U.R.E. participants will create and present a poster over their research at the conclusion of S.U.R.E. and at a Showcase Saturday event.