What is undergraduate research?
Research is the search for knowledge. USU students have the opportunity to make their own discoveries. That process can involve lab work, field study, archival investigation, and creative production. Students may work independently, with faculty, or as part of a team. The Undergraduate Research Program supports students in all fields of study.
How does USU support student research?
Not only does USU encourage students to pursue research projects, but it also provides financial support for many of those projects. Since 1975, the URCO Grant Program has been giving cash awards for research projects each semester, and fellowships allow students to begin working on research projects as freshmen. Literally hundreds of students are employed in research jobs on campus. Travel support also provides students with funding to present their research at professional conferences.
Where can undergraduate research take me?
While you are an undergraduate, you can do your research in the superb mountain environment of Logan, Utah, or at any number of field sites. After graduation, you’ll be better prepared to get a job or go to grad school, thanks to a stronger resume and professors who will know you well. Undergraduate Researchers are also more likely to receive prestigious scholarships such as the Goldwater, Rhodes, and Udall.
What’s in it for me?
The skills you gain from your research experience will look great on a resume or a grad school application. Need that letter or recommendation? Research will help you make important one-on-one connections with professors.