The University recognizes the importance of undergraduate student research and encourages students to participate in research while earning their degrees. Goal #7 of the NSU Academic Affairs Division Strategic Plan, which is to encourage student research, supports this commitment. According to the Joint Statement of Principles in Support of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities [endorsed by National CUR Board of Governors, April 2005 and Council for Undergraduate Research governing board, June 2005], “undergraduate research is the pedagogy for the 21st century.
As an increasing body of evidence makes clear, inquiry-based learning, scholarship, and creative accomplishments can and do foster effective, high levels of student learning…” The University holds its annual university-wide Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium during the spring of each year. Watch for the 2013 Call for Proposals!
As a student, participating in undergraduate research can provide many opportunities to:
- Sharpen your critical thinking, analytical, and communication skills
- Prepare for professional or graduate study
- Enhance your employment skills
- Enrich your classroom experiences
- Gain confidence when defending a position
- Exchange ideas with like-minded individuals
- Develop research skills for academic and professional pursuits