Research is formalized curiosity.

Zora Neale Hurston

“Research is formalized curiosity” — Zora Neale Hurston

What is undergraduate research?

At Virginia Commonwealth University, research stands at the core of its mission. The university boasts more than $262 million in sponsored research funding, bringing together undergraduate students and outstanding faculty to collaborate across multiple disciplines. Research and creative scholarship happen in every school and department at VCU, from the School of the Arts to the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering to the College of Humanities and Sciences to the School of Medicine. VCU offers its undergraduate students the opportunity to join fellow researchers as they connect real-world experience with classroom learning and personal interests.

What’s the advantage to participating in research?

Taking part in research at the undergraduate level offers valuable experience because it promotes learning by doing and improves skills development, including study design, data collection, computation, analysis of findings and communication of results. Involvement in a research project increases marketability for graduate and professional school and future employment, as well as career development opportunities, such as professional networking and resume and vitae building. Students often get the chance to share their findings in the form of research abstracts, conference presentations and manuscripts grounded in practical experience.

No matter their chosen career, all students benefit from the curiosity instilled from engaging in a research project and the recognition that learning is a lifelong process.

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