Why should I get involved?

Getting involved in research will give you firsthand experience and insight into the research process. Understanding the research process will make you a more critical consumer of research and might inspire you to pursue your own, independent research interests later on.

If you are planning to pursue graduate studies, this is a great way to find out if research is right for you. Even if you do not plan to go on to graduate school, there are many job opportunities that involve research, and your experience will be an advantage. Furthermore, working with professors will give the professors a chance to know you better, and know your unique qualities. This will prove invaluable when you need a recommendation for graduate school or for your first job. Finally, a research assistantship will be a great addition to your resume, as it shows maturity, commitment, and an inquisitive mind.