Undergraduate participation in research is critical to the academic research institution. It provides a valuable experience for the students and supplies necessary labor to the researchers. The Council on Undergraduate Research proposes these six key benefits to undergraduate research:
- Enhances student learning through mentoring relationships with faculty
- Increases retention
- Increases enrollment in graduate education and provides effective career preparation
- Develops critical thinking, creativity, problem solving and intellectual independence
- Develops an understanding of research methodology
- Promotes an innovation-oriented culture
Additionally, faculty members enhance their teaching and contribution to society by remaining active in research and by involving undergraduates in research.
An essay by C. Maden and B. Teitge, University of Alberta, mention the following benefits for students considering undergraduate research:
- Improved understanding of published work
- Improved understanding of related course material
- Learning to balancing independent and collaborative work
- Determining an area of interest
- Jump starting a research career
The full article can be found here: The Benefits of Undergraduate Research.