Colorado State University 's research programs are among the best in the nation, and there are numerous opportunities for undergraduate students to participate in research activities on the main campus, in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, and at our foothills campus. CSU leads the world in such areas as infectious disease research, atmospheric science, and environmental science. CSU is home to an NIH Regional Center of Excellence in Infectious Disease, the world's largest animal cancer center, a world-renown Equine Orthopedic Research Center, among many other excellent facilities. CSU was the first university in the U.S. to receive funding for two National Science Foundation centers in one round -- one in extreme ultraviolet light and the other in atmospheric science. Faculty researchers encourage undergraduates to join their research teams in most laboratories on campus.
Participation in research is often the highlight of an undergraduate learning experience. In a research setting, you will have the opportunity to:
-develop a meaningful mentoring relationship with a faculty member
-gain laboratory experience, learn research techniques, and participate in exciting discoveries
-sharpen your critical thinking and analytical thinking skills
-help clarify your academic and career interests and goals
-improve your written and oral communication abilities
-learn how to work as a member of a team
-earn professional and academic credentials to support applications for scholarships, awards, career employment and entry into graduate and professional schools
-participate directly in the University's central mission of scientific discovery, scholarly activity and artistic creation
Before becoming involved in a research project with a faculty member, it is important to consider your goals, interests, time commitments, and preparation. Some questions you might want to ask yourself include:
-What do I hope to gain through my research experience?
-What are my professional interests?
-How much time can I realistically commit to working on a research project?
-Are there particular skills I need to aid me in my research project?
Whether you are ready for research depends on your willingness to take intellectual risks, to work hard, and to expect some setbacks along the way. If you are intellectually curious about a particular area, willing to work as part of a team, and eager to master new skills, you will be ready for a research experience.
The faculty and staff at CSU are committed to making research a major component of the undergraduate educational experience and have developed numerous programs that enhance research opportunities at the undergraduate level. Interested students are encouraged to follow links below to learn more about these opportunities and to visit departmental websites to learn more about faculty research.
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