Undergraduate Research Program
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Why Do Undergraduate Research?

Why Do Undergraduate Research?

  1. Boost your success after graduation by developing transferable career skills.
    • Understanding the context of situations and decisions
    • Understanding issues and developments and their implications
    • Communicating effectively, orally and in writing
    • Analyzing and solving complex problems
    • Collaborating with others in diverse group settings
    • Innovating and being creative
    • Locating, organizing, and evaluating information from multiple sources
  2. Learn technical skills in your area of interest.
  3. Increase your likelihood of acceptance into graduate programs.
  4. Develop professional networks with students, faculty, and staff.
  5. Earn financial support in the form of stipends or funds for research-related expenses.
  6. Travel funds to regional or national conferences for presentations

NOTE: Research is conducted in all fields of study. You do NOT need to be a science related major in order to apply.

Is There Research Involving My Major?

Undergraduate research experience is not only for science majors or those going on to graduate school.  At UW-Whitewater, students and faculty/staff mentors from most undergraduate departments participate in undergraduate research projects.

What Does Research Do For Me?

The graduation rates of students participating in undergraduate research are also consistently higher than the overall campus graduation rates (UWW Institutional Research and Planning).

Undergraduate research experience helps your success after graduating from college.  A survey of 302 employers by Hart Research Associates found that employers are increasingly looking for the following skills in their new hires:

  • Understanding of global context of situations and decisions
  • Understanding of global issues and developments and their implications
  • Communicating effectively, orally and in writing
  • Reasoning critically and analytically
  • Analyzing and solving complex problems
  • Collaborating with others in diverse group settings
  • Innovating and being creative
  • Locating organizing, and evaluating information from multiple sources
  • Working with numbers and understanding statistics
  • Applying knowledge and skills to real-world settings through internships and hands-on experiences

You may not be able to gain all these skills in a traditional classroom setting, but you get to learn ALL of these skills if you participate in undergraduate research.

Want To Get Involved?

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URP information
  • McCutchan Hall, Lower Level
  • Common Office Hours:
  • M-F, 9 A.M. - 5 P.M.
  • Campus E-mail:  urp@uww.edu
  • Campus Phone:  (262) 472-1296
RAP information
  • McCutchan Hall, Lower Level
  • Campus E-mail:  rap@uww.edu
  • Campus Phone:  (262) 472-1484

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