Students at the Undergraduate Research Symposium, Spring 2014

Undergraduate Research

Above: Students with their research posters at the Undergraduate Research Symposium, Spring 2014, in Proctor Hall.

Research isn’t just for faculty members and grad students. Many undergraduates are active participants in N.C. A&T’s research community.  It’s a great way to get hands-on experience in your chosen field.

There are two sources of undergraduate research opportunities on campus. Some come through courses. Your advisor or instructors can tell you about courses that include research opportunities.

Undergraduate research assistantships are also available. These are paid positions requiring up to 20 hours per week. These opportunities are open to all A&T undergraduates in good academic standing who are interested in becoming involved in research.

Available research positions

Click here for information about research assistant positions that are available to undergraduates currently enrolled at N.C. A&T.  New opportunities are added frequently.

Summer research at other campuses

Many universities offer summer research programs for undergraduates. The webGURU Guide for Undergraduate Research provides a list of summer programs along with additional information about undergraduate research.

What is research?

Research is a process of careful inquiry leading to the discovery of new information. Although there are differences in how research is conducted across disciplines, research is not restricted to certain subjects. It is a fundamental aspect of all disciplines. Students who take part in mentored research activities are better prepared for graduate school or the job market.

Benefits of undergraduate research

Why participate in undergraduate research?

  • One-on-one faculty interaction
  • Hands-on experience in a field of your choice
  • A safe place for intellectual risk-taking
  • Understanding and applying research methods and ethics while creating new knowledge
  • Enhancing professional communication skills
  • Clarifying your academic, career, and personal interests
  • Exploring potential careers
  • Presenting your work in a public forum with the opportunity for professional feedback and recognition for achievement
  • Enhancing your understanding and knowledge of your academic field
  • Gaining academic credentials that help expand your resume, such as attending and presenting at conferences, publishing, and working with a research team
  • Developing critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, and time management skills
  • Exploring research techniques
  • Earning academic credit, scholarships, stipends, and/or awards

Building your skills for the next level

Undergraduate research will expand your academic experience and help you develop skills in critical thinking, creativity, experimental design, and presentation that can help you stand out before and after graduation as a candidate for internships, jobs, or graduate school.

Examples of research projects

Here are examples of research done by A&T undergraduates:

For more information

If you have questions about undergraduate research, contact:

  • Dr. Tonya Hargett, Interim Director of Undergraduate Research, email, 336-285-3184, or
  • Mr. Lando Little, Program Coordinator for Undergraduate Research, email, 336-285-3266.