• Utah State University’s undergraduate research program was established in 1975.

  • Our undergraduate research program is the second oldest in the nation following only behind MIT.

  • Undergraduate Researchers are more likely to receive prestigious scholarships such as the Goldwater, Rhodes, and Udall.

  • Research helps better prepare students to get a job or go to graduate school.

Undergraduate Research Guidebook 2015

Undergraduate Research at Utah State University

As an undergraduate researcher at Utah State, you can customize your education by conducting research outside the classroom, balancing degree work with discovery.

No matter your program, there are opportunities to answer tough questions and solve problems. You don’t need to wait for graduate school to explore what you’re passionate and curious about.

You’ll develop valuable skills as an undergraduate researcher.

Analytical Skills

Analytical Skills

Research requires you to think critically about the question at hand and weigh different answers objectively.

Leadership

Leadership

Research builds students’ confidence helping them hold a leadership role in projects.

Communication

Communication

Teamwork helps build communication skills that are critical in working in any environment.

Troubleshooting

Troubleshooting

Research doesn’t always go as planned. There can be unexpected results. Research gives you skills to analyze problems and find solutions.

Writing Skills

Writing Skills

Writing skills are crucial in receiving grants, communicating research, and collaborating. Being involved in research will strengthen these skills.

Creativity

Creativity

Thinking creatively helps you to find new ways to explore in research. It is being faced with a problem and thinking in a unique way to solve it.

How to Get Involved

Students have the opportunity to get involved in research in a variety of ways.  You may do an independent project, work in a lab, art studio, or participate in field research.  Undergraduates may explore a different research projects before finding a project that they “click” with, and that’s okay! If you are passionate about your research, your project will be more likely to succeed and you will gain more from it.  You can conduct research within your major or outside of your major.  Interdisciplinary research is encouraged and supported.  Explore different options and find something that interests you!

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