Undergraduate research is the act of inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate that makes an original, intellectual, or creative contribution to the discipline. By conducting research at the undergraduate level, you will gain professional skills, hands-on experience for your resume and grad school applications, and the opportunity to present and publish your findings in professional venues. This experience will give you the edge in virtually all of your future endeavors.
Participation in undergraduate research can benefit you educationally, professionally, and personally.
Educational benefits include:
- Working collaboratively with a faculty mentor
- Learning about issues, methods, and leaders in your chosen field(s)
- Applying concepts from your courses to "real life" situations
- Furthering your creative achievement
- Sharpening your problem-solving skills
Professional benefits include:
- Exploring potential careers
- Enhancing your professional communication skills
- Collaborating with others and working effectively as part of a team
- Preparing for graduate or professional school
Personal benefits include:
- Growing as a critical and independent thinker
- Building confidence
- Enhancing your awareness of ethical issues
What are my responsibilities as a student researcher?
All UNH students must conduct research in an ethical and responsible manner. To learn more, please read the University's online study guide devoted to Responsible Conduct of Research.
Faculty Research Interests
There are a number of ways to find out what UNH faculty members are working on.
The websites of academic departments are a great place to start.
Check out this list of UNH's Research Centers and Institutes.
The College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA) maintains this list of current research opportunities within the college.
Read about current research news at UNH.
The reference librarians at UNH libraries are another great resource for helping you identify faculty research areas.