Getting involved in research is an important and exciting way to learn about a field or career path. Research can prepare you for a variety of careers, giving you better credentials for your resume or if you decide to go to graduate school. It will expose you to the inner workings of a field of study, to see if you are truly interested in pursuing a career in that area. It is a way to "try on" a discipline before committing to it as a career, to see if it is a good fit for you.
Research helps you develop critical thinking, problem solving, analytical, time-management, and teamwork skills, as well as skills specific to your field of research. All of these skills will benefit you in your coursework and career, and will prove your dedication and interest to employers and graduate schools.
Research opportunities can include the following:
* Working in a laboratory
* Investigating an event, period or trend
* Creating computer code to support the needs of a scholarly project
* Gathering data on people's experiences or opinions
* Creating new works in the performing or visual arts