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)