Undergraduate research is "an inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline" --www.cur.org. This novel work may be accomplished in any discipline either within or outside the classroom.
At Unity College, our students get involved in research on a wide variety of subjects. Because of our low student to faculty ratio and strong commitment to involvement, Unity students have easier access to engage in research compared to students at other, larger institutions. Doing the actual research is definitely rewarding, and there are other benefits as well. Unity College students have opportunities to present the results of their research at at regional, national and professional society meetings, and on-campus twice a year at the Student Conference.
Together with their faculty mentors, students work on transdisciplinary projects and in doing so, form strong connections with faculty and other outside organizations. Students in the Undergraduate Research Program gain understanding, confidence, and awareness, better preparing them for what’s next after graduation. Statistics show that students who do research during their undergraduate years are more likely to continue with professional education and in STEM fields, and twice as likely to consider continuing on to pursue a Ph.D.
Under the College’s framework of sustainability science, undergraduate research students are well equipped to enter the workforce as effective environmental professionals, helping to solve 21st century problems.
There are various channels available to students and faculty which help support and fund several of the College's research efforts. Below are examples of some of the ground-breaking research projects Unity College students are working on, both in and out of the classroom: