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4 Reasons Why You Should Do Research as an Undergraduate

It looks cool on your resume, if nothing else.

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4 Reasons Why You Should Do Research as an Undergraduate

This is a tricky thing to keep track of for different majors. There are certain majors that are research intensive and thus, highly recommend (if not require) undergraduate students of that department to be involved in any research pertaining to that subject and their interests.

I would argue that for any major if they do provide research facilities for undergraduates, it is a very fulfilling experience to be a part of a research team of that field.

1. Mentorship.

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Working with graduate students and professors in your field of interest allows you to gain a foot in with them and thus, form meaningful connections that will take you far beyond university. Also, those recommendation letters? Yup, that's what I'm talking about.

2. Enhancing your Resume.

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Being part of something that you take time apart from your busy schedule to showcase your particular interests shows that you are truly passionate and eager to take that extra step when you want to. Moreover, it teaches you skills that you would not gain from the classroom and isn't that what this is all about?

3. Explore Career Fields.

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We go into college and the major that we decide with an ideal view of what a person does in that field but I have realized that there is more to that one path (Investment Banking, I'm looking at you) that you have to make yourself go with. Research exposes you to all the different kinds of things graduate students and professors are doing in your field and taking that kind of information can guarantee finding something that you would actually want to do for the rest of your life in that field.

4. Contributing to your field.

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Research makes you realize that you don't need to get other fancy degrees to actually make a difference in the field of your interests. It's impressive to realize that the professors who teach you actually put out papers that revolutionize the field that they are a part of and you can be a part of that journey.

And there you have it! Go on your websites and actually see what your professors are up to and if it interests you, shoot them an email!

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