"I think doing research becomes easier once you realize that faculty don’t bite: they really want to help you be successful and enjoy working with students."
The value of student research
Do cool things
Taylor Axtell studies infant interactions to understand how human attention develops over time. Mario Balcázar is exploring and developing new radar technologies. KU’s research ecosystem supports students seeking answers.
Learn from experts
Your professors are leaders in their fields. You can be sure what you’re learning in the classroom is cutting-edge knowledge in the subject because your teachers are the scholars and researchers who are creating that knowledge.
Inspire with curiosity
One reason research is conducted in educational settings is that students have a positive influence on research. They ask questions no one else has asked and drive discovery in new directions.
Navigate a diverse world
Research universities attract scholars and students from around the world, creating a diverse international community. This environment better prepares students to succeed in an increasingly global economy.
Prepare for any career
Undergraduate research experiences nurture the transferable skills that employers want in the workforce: critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, creativity, ability to work in teams and more.
Explore research opportunities
Visit the Center for Undergraduate Research to learn more about student research or navigate by your interests.