Undergraduate research has been identified as one of the top ten high-impact educational experiences by the American Association of Colleges and Universities. Auburn students who have participated in undergraduate research highlight several benefits, such as:
Developing a deeper understanding of a field of study and potential career path
Learning to surmount obstacles and overcome barriers to progress
Enhancing preparation for graduate or professional school
Developing self-confidence and creativity
Acquiring research, communication, and professional skills
Students who have participated in undergraduate research say the experience helped them to land their current job or get into graduate programs because it set them apart from other applicants and demonstrated their potential.
Here's what some students say about undergraduate research at Auburn:
"Doing undergraduate research has enabled me to take what I have learned in the classroom and combine it with my interest in fields related to my major. It has given me valuable experience working on large projects with others to accomplish a central goal."
"[Undergraduate research] led me to an international research conference in Puerto Rico, introduced me to wise and helpful faculty, and instilled a sense of discovery in me that I will chase the rest of my life."
"I was undecided on whether to pursue a career in research but my experience as an undergraduate researcher helped me clarify what I would like to do after my undergraduate degree and has opened the door for opportunities . . . that I never would have received if I did not do research."
Last Updated: Nov. 11, 2011