One of the benefits of attending a research university is that professors are engaged in cutting-edge research. By working with professors, you can develop your own research project that dovetails with a larger research program.
Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)
In the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP), students apply for funding in a competitive process with the support of a faculty advisor. Competitions are held twice in the academic year. By working on a UROP project, students develop a close working relationship with a faculty member. Students obtain experience working out a doable project, carrying out the research, obtaining useful results, and presenting results in writing. View more information about the University's Office of Undergraduate Research and the UROP program at UROP, including a list of successful proposals and application deadlines. Information about the college's programs on undergraduate research are found here.
With independent study, students pursue a topic of particular interest and get academic credit for their work. Students work with faculty members to plan readings and a research paper. View the Guidelines for Independent Study (.pdf).