The definition of 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, we are working hard to provide the best education possible for undergraduate students, and this includes access to research opportunities in a wide variety of disciplines.
The Unity College Undergraduate Research Program Goals:
- To increase the number of students on campus participating in research activities.
- To create visibility for undergraduate research opportunities.
- To support the development of new research initiatives, particularly inter- or trans-disciplinary problems based in sustainability science.
Why do research? Undergraduate students participating in research:
- Have higher graduation rates.
- Are twice as likely to consider continuing on for a Ph.D.
- Are more likely to continue with professional education and in STEM fields.
- Have a stronger connection to faculty as mentors.
- Gain understanding, confidence, and awareness.
- Are inherently trans-disciplinary in a sustainability science context.