Why do Research?

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…

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.