National Collegiate Honors Council


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Published in Honors in Practice, volume 2. Copyright 2006 National Collegiate Honors Council.


Undergraduate research is becoming an ever larger focus for universities and colleges. Many institutions already sponsor undergraduate research forums, and there is a national council, the Council on Undergraduate Research (, for the promotion of undergraduate research. As universities of all types become more intent on having their instructors and professors develop their own research, undergraduate students are being sought after to aid professors’ established research projects where the work done in these areas can lead to later independent research. In some cases students are encouraged to develop their own research projects with the aid of a faculty member. Some states make monies available to assist students in doing research. Developing and promoting undergraduate research can generate relationships between undergraduates and their mentors or research advisors that can have many benefits.