What is Research

At the USF Office of Undergraduate Research we define undergraduate research as:

"an inquiry or creative project that makes an original contribution to the student's discipline."

According to this definition there are several aspects that characterize someone who engages in undergraduate research, namely:

  • Curiosity (inquiry requires you to ask, probe, question, investigate, examine)
  • Creativity (requires you to have original ideas, take new approaches, use new methods, use your imagination)
  • Contributor (you must work with others to achieve something, provide support, add to)
  • Passion (there is a specific field, subject, or area of study that you want to contribute to or have impact in)