What is "Research"? Not limited to the sciences!

This is the most common question we hear. We start by saying it is not limited to Natural and Social Sciences, but extends into Arts, Humanities, and Business too! The Council on Undergraduate Research says that research is:

An inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline.

Basically, it is asking questions and creating new information. IN ANY DISCIPLINE. Can we stop this protein from aggregating? How can I express the complications of this social construct through mixed media sculpture? What are the key features of a successful treaty? Students take on questions like these in their research settings. Read on to find out WHY they do this.

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Why do research?

Involvement in research and creative scholarship enriches and rounds out your education. The following benefits all come from participating in research and creative work:

  • Personal mentored relationships with University of Iowa faculty and research staff
  • Enhanced critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Academic and personal self-confidence
  • Improved communication skills
  • Experience desired by graduate schools and employers
  • Academic credit and transcript recognition
  • Better integration of coursework and real-life experience
  • Contributions to work that positively impacts the community locally and globally
  • Greater knowledge of academic interests and career paths

Many students have an extensive list of further opportunities and benefits gained from their involvement.  Want to hear more?  Look for OUR students talking about their research experiences on our Student Highlights, People of Research, OUR Lecture SeriesYouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and throughout the University of Iowa! 

Interested? Continue to "How to Start".