Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

What are the benefits of doing undergraduate research?

  • development of skills to function more independently
  • opportunity to put classroom knowledge into practice
  • identification of career interests
  • building of mentor relationships between faculty and students
  • opportunity to participate in new discoveries
  • ability to better understand research methodologies
  • increased likelihood of acceptance into graduate or professional school
  • ability to communicate to a wide audience
  • recognition by one's peers
  • sheer excitement created by intellectual activity
  • enhance ability to grasp the philosophy of lifelong learning

What are the benefits of participating in the UBM-CORE program?

  • work on a project that concerns local ecology the results of which can better the environment
  • spring and summer stipend
  • academic credit for research
  • travel expenses for attending and presenting work at scientific conferences

What are the benefits to UW-La Crosse?

  • enhancement of the UW-L's reputation
  • recruitment of high quality students and faculty
  • garnering of extramural funding and recognition
  • breaking down of barriers between students and faculty
  • breaking down barriers between teaching and research by integrating both into the teacher-scholar concept
  • intellectual enhancement of the baccalaureate degree

So...how do I get started?

  • Talk to professors about the research they are involved in and work with them. Begin to read the literature regarding their research or field.
  • If you have a research interest of your own, present it to a faculty member who could act as your mentor.
  • Look and listen for announcements from faculty members seeking students on bulletin boards, in classes, at seminars, and through the "grapevine."

How much time will it take?

Although it is difficult to predict how much time a given research project might require, during the academic year the average student engaged in research works between 5 to 10 hours a week. Summer projects represent full-time commitments for several weeks.

How do students present their research findings?

  • UW-L's Annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research and Creativity, held each Spring
  • UW-System Symposium for Undergraduate Research, held each Spring at various UW-System campuses
  • National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR), also held each Spring
  • Annual Regional and National Meetings of Student Societies
  • Annual regional and National Meetings of Disciplinary Societies

How do students publish their research findings?

  • UW-L Journal of Undergraduate Research
  • Peer-reviewed discipline-specific journals

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Partial support for this work was provided by the National Science Foundation's UBM program under Award No. 1029041. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.