We’re a large research university, which means that faculty members in every department are doing work that could change lives. The fact that undergraduates can participate in that is mind blowing.


Résumé-building Research Opportunities

Self-administration of nicotine. Protein expression in diseased airway tissue. Nerve regeneration. Economics of healthcare delivery in low-income countries. Doctoral dissertation topics? Nope—just a few undergraduate research projects our students are currently working on. Many large universities offer undergrads a chance to work with faculty on their research. Typically, that “work” translates to washing test tubes, making coffee, and staying out of the way. Through our First Experiences in Research program, Dietrich School students can gain meaningful, hands-on research experience—in every subject area—as early as the second term of their freshman year. 

What’s In It for You?

According to the Council on Undergraduate Research, participating in one or more research opportunities yields important benefits for students:

  • Enhances learning through mentoring relationships with faculty
  • Increases retention
  • Increases enrollment in graduate education and provides effective career preparation
  • Develops critical thinking, creativity, problem solving, and intellectual independence
  • Develops an understanding of research methodology
  • Promotes an innovation-oriented culture

A Little Bit of This, a Little Bit of That

Maybe you’ve heard or read about our General Education Requirements. That’s a pretty bland term for something designed to help you become a well-rounded student. Someone who’s built skills that employers expect to see on a résumé. The other benefit of Gen Eds is that while you’re earning credits toward graduation, you’re also sampling a wide variety of courses. That’s how you’re going to learn how much you love studying French literature or biochemistry. Which will help you to find the perfect match when you’re looking for a research experience.

The Intersection of Arts and Sciences

Interested in knowing more about our students’ research experiences? Check out Forbes & Fifth, a journal produced by our undergrads and sponsored by our Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity. It’s produced twice a year and includes works of research, creative writing, and scholarly articles under the banner of interdisciplinary collaboration.