As a student at ACU, you will have the opportunity to participate in real-world, hands-on research in a variety of fields. Work directly with faculty members on research projects that often result in publication in scholarly journals and will give you experience prized by employers and graduate schools. Participate in ACU’s annual Undergraduate Research Fair and showcase your work.
At ACU, we value and encourage scholarly activity and innovation. Allowing our students to participate in undergraduate research as early as their freshman year engages their intellectual curiosity, satisfies their thirst for discovery, and gives them an outlet for their creativity.A lot of learning occurs when undergraduate students do research – learning that does not happen during traditional coursework. Classroom knowledge is reinforced and more completely assimilated when students are given the opportunity to apply that knowledge.
Research invariably leads to a better understanding of and a deeper appreciation for the discipline under investigation. Students' career goals are usually clarified after they participate in research. How do you know you will enjoy being a biologist, for example, without getting a chance to do some of the thinking, researching and writing that a biologist does?
Research is also a significant confidence booster. The more students are mentally stretched (wrestling with surprising results or unanswered questions or pertinence to previous studies), the greater their sense of accomplishment upon completion of the project. This is especially true when a caring faculty member guides and encourages the students.
Of course, scholarly activity also helps make undergraduates' résumés more attractive to graduate schools and prospective employers, and gives faculty mentors the ability to write more detailed letters of recommendation.