About Undergraduate Research
Research is at the heart of your education.
UC Davis is a major research university. Our faculty are committed to the campus mission of “Learning, Discovery and Engagement".
- What are the advantages of doing undergraduate research?
- What does undergraduate research look like?
- When should I get involved?
- What are professors looking for?
- acquire practical tools for your education and career, including critical thinking and analytical skills; teamwork; communication; leadership; and a global perspective
- gain confidence in your abilities as a scholar and a researcher
- understand the connections between disciplines
- take research methods from the classroom and apply them to real-life situations
- become more competitive for graduate school or the job market
Research takes many forms and varies by major:
- Library searches and archive work
- Surveys and interviews
- Laboratory benchwork
- Modeling and computations
- Creative arts composition
Think about your involvement in undergraduate research as a progression through your college career at UC Davis, with opportunities to engage in as little or as much as you like. For example, First Year Seminars provide small classes designed to develop the critical and creative thinking skills you need for research.
There's no better place to preview the breadth of undergraduate research on campus than the annual Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities Conference. Check out previous years' abstracts to start thinking about what you might want to do!