Here are some ways that undergraduates typically participate in research.
Individual research includes theses, independent studies, and creative projects. The Undergraduate Research Journal provides excellent examples of what a student can accomplish in an individual research project. The journal is student-edited and publishes an array of multidisciplinary work from undergraduates across campus.
As an undergraduate researcher writing a thesis, you have the opportunity to create a product that reflects your unique interests, as well as your passion and commitment to learning.
Serving as a research assistant involves working with a faculty member or graduate student on an existing research project. Such an experience can provide you with valuable training in how to conduct research. You also get the chance to work closely with renowned faculty and with members of a research team. As a research assistant, you typically assist with a project rather than conduct your own study.