Undergraduate Reserach Definition
Undergraduate research is a process framed within the four broad stages of problem resolution: (a) Identification of the problem/need, (b) information gathering (e.g., data collection, systematic methods as appropriate to discipline), (c) analysis, and (d) proposed solution. Undergraduate research may occur in the context of (a) faculty driven projects and/or (b) student driven projects.
This definition is crafted with an inclusive spirit, to encompass different types of research and creative expression. The core value of undergraduate research participation is to develop research practices and awareness in students. Therefore, students’ undergraduate research participation may begin at a variety of levels including information gathering, review and categorization of data, and/or through active engagement in dissemination of research products.