Studies show that students who participate in research as an undergraduate, either during the academic year (Independent Study, Senior Project) or summer, show significant gains in the following areas:
- critical thinking skills.
- intellectual engagement.
- communications skills.
- ability to manage projects.
- skills as researchers.
- overall academic ability.
The American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) conducts work to demonstrate the power of experiences like undergraduate research. For example…
- Skills obtained during URSCA opportunities are the same ones employers prioritize
- Undergraduate research is one of the most effective high-impact practices
In addition, Allegheny alumni report that Senior Project research resulted in a:
- better understanding of skills, abilities and interests.
- better preparation for a job or graduate school than peers without a capstone experience.
- positive influence on intellectual growth and interest in ideas.
- positive influence on personal growth, attitudes, and values.