Why get involved in undergraduate research and creative activities?
Anyone who is curious and wants to explore an academic area in more depth than provided in the classroom should consider undergraduate research and creative activities with a faculty mentor.
Undergraduate research is not just for scientists. Research may include library research, work in the community, a laboratory or art and creative writing. It is an opportunity to pursue an answer to a question you have about a particular topic.
Top 5 reasons to consider undergraduate research.
- You can build relationships with your research mentor, community members and/or others in the field.
- Provides an opportunity to apply what you have learned in the classroom and gain valuable skills.
- Can help you identify a career path.
- You can usually earn credit by doing research as an Independent Study or 299 course. Independent Study courses vary in the number of credits, but usually can accommodate a busy schedule.
- Provides an opportunity to present the results of your research at a local or national conference and improve your communication skills.
How do I get started?
- Attend the panel presentation on undergraduate research in September.
- Identify an area of interest.
- Talk with faculty about their research interests.
- Make an appointment to meet with the professor that you are interested in working with.
- Ask if there are opportunities to do research and be prepared to discuss your interests.
Profiles of Undergraduate Researchers
Dana Sickinger | Major: Speech and Linguistics Pathology
The most valuable experience of doing undergraduate research was the feeling of being a part of something that helped change the college experience for others. I was not a tutor in the Writing Pad when the research project started, but I was able to hop on board and was blown away with how the Writing Pad and its tutors have impacted the lives of a number of non-traditional students.
Kyle Lichtenberg | Major: Asian Studies
The perspectives gained through my involvement with research projects while attending UW-Fox Valley have played an invaluable role in my college education, and to say that 'lab experience' is all that I attained would be a terrible understatement. Aside from being exposed to lab procedures not typically taught in the classroom, I learned much about myself and how my own interests could creatively be extended towards impacting positive differences for others in the community. My engagement also brought about an increased presence on campus that led to a diversity of strong and lasting friendships with faculty and staff members of all departments and with like-minded peers of differing backgrounds and academic paths. The work I participated in was endlessly motivating, and the results were far-reaching to say the least.
Students Engaged in Undergraudate Research
- Posters in the Rotunda
- Extremely Low-Cost Point-Source Spectrophotometry (ELCPSS)
- A CCD Spectrometer for One Dollar
Opportunities to Present Research
- Posters in the Rotunda
- UW System Undergraduate Research Symposium - Event date: April 21, 2017. Registration opens January 1, 2017.