Undergraduates bring enthusiasm and fresh ideas to the research process and are important contributors to the intellectual community. Some students may choose to pursue independent research or creative projects and seek out faculty to provide guidance for their work. Other students can provide valuable assistance to faculty research projects.
With support, training, and guidance, they can contribute in a variety of ways, including:
These are only a few examples. In the end, the manner in which undergraduates are incorporated into the research process depends on the discipline, the project, and the needs of the faculty member.