Undergraduate Research

At a research university, you learn from great professors who are pushing and prodding the boundaries of human knowledge every day. And if you are determined and inquisitive, they will take you along on their journeys—and encourage you to begin your own.

Research requires discipline, organization, critical thinking, and writing skills; and it teaches patience and tenacity. It can be a stepping-stone to graduate school or to that first job after graduation.

Rutgers University-Newark undergraduates are found conducting research in the university’s outstanding laboratories, field stations, archives, libraries, museums, and fine and performing arts studios.

Where to Start

Research opportunities within individual majors are extensive, with most schools, colleges, and departments offering honors, special problems, and independent study research courses. Requirements depend on individual school, departmental, faculty, and program procedures, so ask your adviser or professor, or check the unit website for more information.

Why Undergraduates Should Do Research

The Aresty Research Center for Undergraduates weighs in on the benefits of undergraduate research.

  • Gain an understanding of the practical applications of knowledge.
  • Learn to formulate questions, design plans to find answers, collect and analyze data, draw conclusions from that data, and share your findings.
  • Connect with great Rutgers faculty.
  • Step up your preparation for graduate school and the workplace where they are looking for outstanding students who can identify and solve problems in teams.
  • Get ready for the world beyond Rutgers and gain confidence as you hone your independent thinking, creativity, time management, and budget skills.
  • Learn about the theories, tools, resources, and ethical issues that scholars and professionals encounter daily.
  • Become an informed consumer of research and make informed decisions about policy issues that affect your everyday life.

View some of the research undergraduates have conducted in 2012-13

Out in the World

Rutgers–Newark undergraduate and graduate students in ecologist Claus Holzapfel’s Fusion Ecology Lab study communities of plant and animal species that do not occur together naturally and are created through human impact.

Undergraduate Research Day
Undergraduate students shared with their peers and other scholars the results of their research in disciplines ranging from biology, business, criminology, nursing, public policy, and psychology.