A central part for the Honors experience is the senior research project, either independent research or participation in creative or collaborative academic activities. The format of the project depends on the program requirements, the traditions of the academic discipline, and the nature of the project selected. Mentored research in all disciplines allows students to develop research skills that enhance their professional or graduate school credentials and career opportunities. Students have described their research as the "most intellectually exciting and rewarding experience" of their college careers. Support for undergraduate research is strong at Nebraska. The University funds research scholarships that pair faculty mentors and students in their second and third years (UCARE-Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experience). Academic departments also sponsor internships and cooperative education programs in the business and scientific communities in the state and in the nation.