Undergraduate research deserves commendation

About 100 students in AddRan College alone are participating in undergraduate research projects that may leave a permanent mark in their department, campus or even Fort Worth. But AddRan majors and minors are not the only ones engaging in research. Students all over campus are presenting their research to faculty and peers this week.

It’s important to recognize the hard work and energy students dedicated to their research projects. These students undertook a large responsibility and managed to influence their undergraduate career profoundly by completing these projects. Participating in a research project as an undergraduate is a rewarding experience, academically and personally. It adds a significant cornerstone to an undergraduate resume, and it helps students immerse themselves in a topic they may not have realized was so important to them.

On average, research is not a priority for undergraduates. Research is usually something graduates and Ph. D. students focus their post-graduate careers on. Undergraduates should realize that intense research projects shouldn’t be limited to those who already have a bachelor’s.

Undergraduate research is an untapped resource that most undergraduate students don’t take advantage of. It’s perfectly acceptable to view a research project as daunting and intimidating, but it shouldn’t be a deterrent. However, those who didn’t turn away from the challenge should not go underappreciated. Visiting the Festival of Undergraduate Scholarship and Creativity on April 16 may inspire the next generation of research projects.

Web editor Maricruz Salinas for the editorial board.