Why Do Research

What is student research

Research is the pursuit of knowledge. Student research is self-directed work in which students from all areas of study work individually or as part of a team to explore issues of interest to them. Students and faculty mentors work together to design and implement a research, scholarly, or creative project and then communicate the results to others.

Why should I participate

Participation in research at Boise State will enhance your student experience. Benefits of conducting research include:

  1. Expanding understanding and knowledge of your academic field.
  2. Defining your academic, career, and personal interests.
  3. Establishing valuable connections with faculty.
  4. Gaining academic experiences that help expand your resume, such as presenting at research conferences, publishing, and working with a research team.
  5. Developing critical thinking, leadership, time management, and communication skills.
  6. Exploring research techniques.

283, 479 Undergraduate Research Experience (1 to 3 credits) – Students have the opportunity to receive academic credit for completing supervised research or creative work in the field of their interest. The research will involve inquiry, investigation, discovery, or application, and must be supervised by a faculty member.

Who can complete research projects

Research is limitless. ANY student may choose to do research no matter what your major or level in school. Boise State students have conducted a variety of research projects in areas ranging from financial planning to choreography, cancer prevention to economics, art history to genetics, substance abuse to alternative energy.

How do I get started

The first step is to identify your field of interest. You might become curious about more than one topic through your courses, current events, or by reflecting on things that appeal to you. Talk to other students who are currently conducting research. They can let you know how they got started. Next, identify potential faculty sponsors. Networking is a great way to learn about available opportunities. Start by talking with instructors, teaching assistants, advisors, and classmates. Talk to current and past professors from courses you have taken and were very interested in. Even if the professor is not currently sponsoring undergraduate research, he or she may know of colleagues that are seeking research assistants. Finally, request to work with a faculty sponsor.