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Information For Students
Benefits of Research
Participating in undergraduate research can provide opportunities for you to:
Some of the greatest benefits of being involved in research is the insight it gives you on:
Deciding on Research
Before getting involved in a research project with a faculty, consider your goals, interests, and time commitments. Ask yourself:
Whether you are ready for research depends on your willingness to take intellectual risks, your interest level, and persistence, in addition to your background knowledge. If you are intellectually curious about a topic and are willing to work hard to learn and master knowledge and new skills, then you are probably ready for a research experience.
Keep in mind that if you are a beginner with few skills, the type of project you can undertake will be limited; however, projects suitable for beginners exist in many disciplines. Also, if you have two quarters or less remaining at UW, it may be too late for you to tackle an ambitious project. So visit the Undergraduate Research Program as soon as possible, no matter what your level of expertise!
To aid students who are deciding on research, the Undergraduate Research Program conducts Information Sessions on undergraduate research every autumn, winter and spring quarter. Registration for these sessions is recommended.
Also, if you are a faculty or FIG/TRIG leader who would like the URP to conduct an Information Session for your class, e-mail the URP with your preferred dates and times.
Mentoring relationships benefit both undergraduates and faculty, develop over time, and enable:
Mentoring relationships also encourage:
And often provide:
All of which supports the enjoyment of active participation in research!
Remember: the quality and character of mentoring relationships varies across discipline and academic departments. Factors that influence mentoring relationships include time, experience, individual preferences and skill sets, and the number of research participants.
When selecting a potential mentor, ask yourself:
To answer these questions, you might: