Staff Contact Information:
Dr. Kim Rosfeld
What is undergraduate research?
Undergraduate research is a unique and valuable academic experience that allows students to actively engage in scholarly investigations under the guidance of faculty mentors. This hands-on approach to learning goes beyond traditional classroom settings, offering students the opportunity to explore their interests, develop critical thinking skills, and contribute to the advancement of knowledge within their chosen field.
At SNU, research projects vary widely across disciplines, ranging from scientific experiments and social science surveys to literary analyses and creative endeavors. Students have the chance to pose meaningful questions, design and execute experiments, collect and analyze data, and draw conclusions—all while gaining practical skills that enhance their academic and professional development.
Why should you do research?
The collaborative nature of undergraduate research fosters close relationships between students and faculty members, providing mentorship and guidance that extends beyond the standard classroom dynamic. This personalized interaction allows students to delve deeper into their chosen subject matter and receive valuable insights from experienced scholars.
Ultimately, undergraduate research offers a transformative experience that not only enhances academic understanding but also cultivates skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, and effective communication. Participating in research at SNU empowers students to make meaningful contributions to their fields, preparing them for future academic pursuits or professional endeavors.
How do you get started?
Fill out an interest form by clicking here. Someone from the Office of Undergraduate Research will contact you regarding the next steps.
“Undergraduate research has helped me navigate my college experience and also has encouraged me to aspire a Ph.D. Without undergraduate research I wouldn’t have obtained the knowledge and insight that I find necessary to any individual wanting to pursue graduate school.”
Current Research Opportunities
Application for outstanding student researcher award (N/A)
Research Safety and Compliance
Federal compliance requires that any research conducted using human subjects must be approved by an Institutional Review Board (IRB) to ensure the safety and ethical practice of the research. The SNU IRB is made up of SNU faculty and community representatives who are very qualified to determine the appropriateness of research conducted through SNU on human subjects.
Research for Grants
Research for grants is also a part of SNU research endeavors. Several of our university programs are funded by private and government grants which require a presentation of sound, statistical data obtained through extensive research.
Benefits of Mentoring Undergraduate Researchers
Collaborating with undergraduate researchers can bring numerous benefits to faculty members, fostering a dynamic and enriching academic environment. First, engaging undergraduates in research projects provides faculty with a valuable opportunity to mentor and shape the next generation of scholars. Through hands-on research experiences, faculty can impart not only subject-specific knowledge but also critical thinking skills, problem-solving abilities, and a passion for inquiry. This mentorship role allows faculty to witness the growth and development of their students, creating a sense of fulfillment as they contribute to the educational journey of budding academics.
Second, working with undergraduate researchers can enhance a faculty member’s own research productivity and innovation. The fresh perspectives and diverse ideas that undergraduate students bring to the table can invigorate research projects, sparking new avenues of exploration and creativity. These collaborations often lead to increased productivity, expanded research outputs, and the potential for groundbreaking discoveries. Faculty members also benefit from the additional manpower undergraduate researchers provide, enabling them to pursue more ambitious research agendas and accelerate the pace of their scholarly work.
Lastly, faculty involvement with undergraduate researchers contributes to a vibrant academic community. By fostering a culture of collaboration, faculty members create a supportive and engaging research environment that benefits the entire institution. The integration of undergraduates into research projects not only enriches the learning experience for students but also enhances the overall research output and reputation of the university. This collaborative approach helps build a sense of community and promotes a culture of continuous learning and exploration.
Description of mentor award