Few activities are as rewarding intellectually as research. In addition to the acquisition of invaluable research skills, students learn how knowledge is created and how that knowledge can be overturned with new evidence or new perspectives. They also learn how to work independently, how to overcome obstacles, and the importance of ethics and personal conduct in the research process.
Undergraduate research can take place in every discipline. It is especially common in the life sciences and physical sciences, where an estimated 40 percent of students nationwide engage in research under faculty mentorship, but it is also found in the humanities, social sciences, and creative and performing arts.
Undergraduate Research at FAU
As part of the accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is a required component of the reaccreditation process for SACS.
The QEP topic that was chosen at FAU is Undergraduate Research and Inquiry. The primary aim of FAU’s QEP is to integrate and expand a culture of research, inquiry and creative activity into our programs through curricular, co-curricular and honors initiatives.
The QEP at FAU supports undergraduate research through:
FAU is in the process of developing an Undergraduate Research and Inquiry office and website. This will be launched shortly and will have a number of resources and how-to’s to get students and faculty involved with research, scholarship and inquiry.
Undergraduate Research, Kansas