Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I do research as an undergraduate?

Undergraduate research and scholarly activities teach you about a field you are interested in, and help you define your own style. It is an enriching process by which you gain skills. It can open doors to many academic and career opportunities. Participating in undergraduate research and scholarly activities promotes deeper understanding and greater satisfaction with the college experience.

I am a student. How do I get started doing undergraduate research?

Talk to your advisor or one of your professors. Ask them for project ideas and help getting involved in an existing project or starting a new one.

Stop by the URSA Office in 301 Bunnell Building. We can help you map out a path to the research project or scholarly activity that best suits you.

What kinds of projects are considered undergraduate research?

Projects in every discipline are considered undergraduate research or scholarly activity. The key elements are:

- the research and/or creative creative activity is owned by the undergraduate student and,

- the activity leads to deliverable work published or presentable to scholars in the field and,

- it is an academic activity

I am a faculty member new to UAF. How do I get started involving my students in undergraduate research?

There are several ways.

Work with a student who is enrolled in an undergraduate research course through your department.

Work with a student who is enrolled in an URSA undergraduate research course. URSA has a 300-level course for students with projects in the development/proposal phase, and a 400-level course for students with projects in the research/production phase.

Apply for URSA faculty award to support your work with undergraduates. Each fall semester, requests for proposals are announced for activity throughout the academic year.

Post your project ideas on the URSA website.

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