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Chances are, you are facing many choices right now, since Carolina offers so many valuable experiences. Might “research” be something that could wait, something you could pursue after you earn your degree? At the OUR, we hope that you will begin now. Your time at Carolina is an opportunity to contribute to a university community which values original inquiry and creative expression, including yours. Many students discover that once they decide to get involved in undergraduate research, they become aware of opportunities that they simply hadn’t noticed before. As one student wrote “… in every class [I am taking] I develop these strange brainstorms about what topics I could research … and my grades are improving because of this new thought train.”

By engaging in undergraduate research, you will learn to apply what you already know to new issues that interest you, and have the opportunity to influence others. Along the way, you are likely to develop new skills, meet others with similar interests, gain confidence, define your own style, deepen your connections to the Carolina community, and use your experiences to help you choose a future career path. You may also create new works that are appreciated by the campus community and beyond, experience the joys of scholarship and the thrill of discovery, and watch with pride as your ideas are adapted and implemented by others.

Students say:

“I learned first-hand about an aspect of the public policy process that is hard to teach in the classroom—the actual transfer of knowledge from researchers to policymakers who can put that knowledge into practice.”

“I felt the thrill of discovering something that had has never been realized before… I will continue to carry that excitement derived from my undergraduate research for the rest of my life…”

“Thanks for showing me… Research is finding things through imagination…”

Getting started might be easier than you think. Why don’t you: