Considering research? This is why you should do it:
You will experience research in all aspects from beginning to end: an idea, literature research, hypothesis development, fieldwork, lab work, sample and data analyses. You will also synthesize this information and communicate it.
You will be trained in specific procedures and the use of a given instrument, which are important skill sets to have.
I will be able to observe you and will be able to report on self-motivation, team work, diligence and resourcefulness in letters of recommendation. It may seem far away but you will need such a letter for internships, grad school, future employers even unpaid internships.
But research is not easy:
Research takes time, effort and self-motivation and is not for everybody.
Your research project might turn out differently that you had expected. For example you might disprove your hypothesis or have to redo an experiment 3 times.
You might find some aspects tedious (hours of literature research, repetitive lab work, fieldwork during freezing rain).
Generating knowledge is very different from learning about what is already known. It might feel like leaving solid ground.
We take small steps and often add a small piece to a mosaic rather than finishing the entire piece.
Download the undergraduate research guide for more info.
Think about why you want to do research, we will ask you.
Contact us early, our lab group fills up quickly and we have to send more people away than we can accept.