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Frequently Asked Questions about Undergraduate Research

What do I do if I hit a road block in my research?

Read about Catherine's Research

Why should I conduct research as an Undergraduate?

"As an undergraduate, performing research opens many academic and career opportunities. Through my research experience I have gained new knowledge and experiences that you cannot get in the classroom. Working closely with a faculty member in your department who will greater guidance for your particular field of study and career is one of the largest benefits of undergraduate research."

~George Cutsail III

Read about George's research



Is there any funding available to support undergraduate research?

"I wanted to travel to the Czech Republic to study art in the fall, but I needed a little help funding the trip. I applied for and received $1,500 through an Undergraduate Research Award. This Award will help me complete my studies to my satisfaction while abroad and has opened more opportunities that I didn’t have before receiving the funding."

~Elizabeth Scott

Read Elizabeth's URA abstract



Is research just for juniors and seniors? I am a freshman, when can I start research?

"When I was a freshman, I applied for an Undergraduate Research Award in Spring 2008 and I was awarded $1,500 to conduct my research. I used this money to travel to Italy in the summer of 2008, where I studied voice pedagogy and technique. I was given the opportunity to perform in an
operatic production of Romeo and Juliet."

~Marcus Simmons

Read Marcus’s URA abstract



Will undergraduate research help me after graduation?

"I was awarded an Undergraduate Research Award in 2008 and presented my research at URCAD 2009. The URA was a big positive during my interviews for MD/PhD programs and helped in making my process very successful. I was accepted into five MD/PhD programs and will be attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the fall."

~Ejiofor Ezekwe

Read Ejiofor’s URA abstract



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Can I do my research in the summer?

"I am working at the Information Technology Laboratory at NIST for summer 2009. I think summer is the best time to do research. Summer break is long and you want to do something which counts not only in experience but also on your transcript and resume. Since many research programs provide financial support you can go to different parts of the country and do research on interesting subjects. You normally wouldn't get this opportunity during school year. Summer Research Programs are cool, you meet new people, go to new places and have loads of fun!"

~Menal Modha

Read about the NIST/SURF summer research opportunity



For further information:

Janet McGlynn
Director of Communication and Outreach | (410) 455-5754