Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Scholarship
Every GVSU student can get involved in undergraduate research and scholarship. Whether you are a first-year student or a year from graduation, there are many opportunities available in any field or discipline. Some students will work on part of a faculty member’s current research project. Other students may develop an independent project of their own that is guided by a faculty member. Either way, students have opportunities in a variety of disciplines from art history to zoology to engage in original hands-on research and scholarship.
Why Do Research?
Undergraduate research and scholarship is a unique opportunity for students to work with faculty on their scholarship and produce a presentation, paper, or creative work that contributes to the knowledge or activity of a particular academic discipline.
Students who participate in undergraduate research benefit in the following ways:
- Connecting with students and faculty that share academic interests
- Better understanding of research methods
- Deeper understanding of the discipline
- Greater confidence and independence
- Better understanding of career and education path
In addition, the literature also indicates that student who participate in research and scholarship are:
- More satisfied with their college experience
- Retained and persist at a higher rate, both at the university and within their major
- More likely to be accepted to graduate and professional school and graduate.
- More competitive when searching for jobs
February 28, 2024 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
This workshop will provide opportunities for faculty and staff to consider how to support student mentees with a focus on trust and belonging. In the first session, we will collectively reflect...
March 12, 2024 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
This session will introduce students to the ins and outs of undergraduate research. We will discuss what undergraduate university research is (and isn’t), what you can expect from a variety of...
How to Get Started
Learn more about research within your department:
Explore possible research opportunities through your department:
Attend Undergraduate Research Fair and Student Scholars Day:
-Learn what types of research are going on within your department
Talk to your faculty advisor and professors about research and how to get involved:
-Discover your areas of interest
Take courses that emphasize research methodology and consider 399/499 courses
Get involved with a research project by working with a faculty mentor
Consider applying for a summer research program such as S3 or MS3
-Gain foundational knowledge on research methodology
Reap the Rewards
Present at Student Scholars Day
Attend or present at a professional conference within your discipline
Submit your work for publication
-Develop dissemination and presentation skills