Independent Studies and Research

Undergraduate research experience is highly recommended. You gain knowledge about research techniques, learn how to ask questions, formulate hypotheses, devise methods to test them and analyze and evaluate your results. It also enables you to work closely with a faculty member or investigator. 

You could begin by volunteering in a lab or on a research project, or by taking a work-study position. Later, you can receive academic credit for research as a research independent study course, and you might complete an honors thesis, through our Graduation with Distinction program, as a senior. Much research is done in a natural science like Biology, but you can also find research opportunities in Sociology, Psychology and the humanities and social sciences.  

Ideas and suggestions for finding research opportunities are found on the Undergraduate Research Support Office website. You should begin with the Get Started section.