“Research is formalized curiosity.” – Zora Neale Hurston
Conducting research allows you to get more than just a diploma out of your education. Research allows you to pursue your passions and develop skills that will be useful in advancing your education. Curiosity in research fosters a learning environment that is tailored to your interests.
Working with your mentor is a fantastic opportunity for more individualized help and guidance. Similarly, don’t be afraid to ask older Fellows in your college for advice—oftentimes they can point you in the direction of projects, mentors, classes, and other opportunities in your field that will further enrich your experience.
Allison Fife, Economics / History
I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience as a URF at Utah State University. It has literally defined my undergraduate career and provided the perfect stepping stool to get into graduate school.
Kevin Cope, Plant Science
Broadly and in regards to being in research, I’m really inspired by people doing the things that they love and being really passionate. When people can translate their passion into productivity it makes society a more interesting and open place to be.
Kari Norman, Conservation and Restoration Ecology
I am really grateful for my undergraduate research experience because it not only helped me discover what I want to do professionally, but what I don’t want to do. I’m glad that I got to learn this earlier than later down the road.
Elizabeth Wynn, Psychology
This experience has redefined my career goals and encouraged me to reach my full potential.
Mitch Dabling, Civil Engineering
Discovering what you love to do is one of the most important parts of your undergraduate research experience. I began my research in biomedical engineering, muddled through a machine shop, toyed around engineering education and am now working in a thermal-fluids laboratory. I took several years to find what I really enjoy doing, but it was well worth the effort, and I had a lot of fun with my other projects along the way. So don’t be afraid to try something new, and enjoy the experience!