Why do research?

  • Challenge yourself
  • Contribute to knowledge
  • Learn more about something that interests you passionately
  • Learn what research is all about
  • See if you want to go to graduate school or get a "real" job
  • Build relationships with senior scientists
  • Have something to present in Capstone in Chemistry (C495)
  • Get Advanced Chemical Elective credits
  • Be eligible for an UROP or SROP award
  • Be able to swipe your own JagTag to get into a research lab
  • Have an edge in your job search/grad school application/professional school application; many employers, graduate schools, professional schools look very favorably on undergraduate research experiences
  • Get a reference letter from a Professor
  • Get a "research notation" on your transcript
  • Attend and present your work at a local, regional or even national scientific conference
  • Contribute to a paper published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal