Why Research?

Research is an important aspect of higher education. It offers a great point for students to gain skills and knowledge to tackle real-world problems. Through undergraduate research, students can gain the ability to:
  • Clarify career path
  • Develop a continuing relationship with a faculty member
  • Enhance professional or academic credentials
  • Learn a topic in depth
  • Learn laboratory techniques
  • Learn to work independently
  • Practice tolerance for obstacles
  • Understand how professionals work on real problems
  • Understand how scientists think
  • Understand the research process in their field

In addition to those skills, undergraduate research can also reinforce current skills as well as develop new ones that can apply to both the classroom and at work. Just a small list of those abilities includes:

  • Develop critical thinking, creativity, problem solving and intellectual independence
  • Foster independence
  • Increase retention
  • Improve written communication skills
  • Learn to analyze data
  • Learn to design solutions to problems
  • Learn to use scientific literature
  • Make connections to what was learned in courses
  • Promote an innovation-oriented culture
  • Understand how professionals work on real problems
$12,000 in research grants available for UNA faculty/student teams
July 28, 2015
The QEP office will support undergraduate research through six (6) $2,000 grants this fall. More information, including how to apply, is here.

Research Presentation Opportunities at Investiture
July 23, 2015

Undergraduate research will be featured in selected events celebrating the 185th anniversary of the University and the investiture of President Kenneth Kitts during August 24-25, 2015.  Opportunities for poster presentation, Three Minute Thesis, and other research exhibits are available. For more information, e-mail the QEP office at