FAQ

CURAS Frequently Asked Questions

What is undergraduate research?

What is undergraduate research?

Undergraduate research involves delving deep into a discipline to answer a focused question, develop new tools or frameworks for other scholars in the discipline, and—ultimately—create new knowledge. Research allows students to push their intellectual development beyond the classroom while also gaining skills and specialized knowledge that prepare them for graduate school, professional school, or the job market.

Do I have to be an upperclassman to participate in research?

Do I have to be an upperclassman to participate in research?

Absolutely not! Creighton encourages interested students to get involved in research at any grade level. At the same time, students may wish to postpone getting involved until they know what interests them most. Some students start doing research their first semester, while many others start later on after discovering a discipline or research question that fascinates them. Regardless of exactly when you become involved, what’s most important is finding research that you’re passionate about and ready to dedicate significant time and hard work to.

How do you get involved in research?

How do you get involved in research?

There are multiple ways to get involved in research at Creighton. For instance, some students get involved by approaching a professor whose course they really enjoyed. Likewise, professors who are impressed by a student’s work in class might approach the student. Overall, there is no single “formula” for getting involved, though students who take the initiative and actively look for research opportunities are likely to find them.

Get advice directly from our CURAS Ambassadors, a team of Creighton undergraduates with a record of accomplishment in research. Submit a CURAS “Ask an Ambassador!” form and CURAS will match you with an Ambassador of like interests.

Do you get course credit for undergraduate research?

Do you get course credit for undergraduate research?

Course credit is possible and can be arranged with your research advisor. Usually student must commit 3 hours a week to their research for every 1 credit they earn.

Can you do undergraduate research only if you are a science major?

Can you do undergraduate research only if you are a science major?

No! Undergraduate research is applicable to students in any college and in any discipline. While there might be more visible research opportunities in the sciences, all disciplines—including the humanities, business, and nursing—lend themselves to research at the undergraduate level.

Do I have to do research in my major?

Do I have to do research in my major?

Certain majors do require research. Ask your advisor if your major requires this. Otherwise, if you have the necessary skills and passion, thinking outside your major can be a great way to get involved.

If I plan to go to graduate or professional school, do I need to do undergraduate research?

If I plan to go to graduate or professional school, do I need to do undergraduate research?

While admissions requirements vary, undergraduate research does give students a competitive advantage in their applications. Research also offers excellent preparation for the rigors of graduate and professional school. Checking the websites of programs that you’re considering will help you determine the sorts of experience that will make you a strong applicant.

How can I find a mentor?

How can I find a mentor?

Ask around! Talk to professors in your area(s) of interest, consult your RSP/major advisor, check the CURAS website for new opportunities, and/or submit an “Ask an Ambassador!” form for guidance from a peer. CURAS also hosts events throughout the year in which students can learn more about the process of getting involved, as well as chat one-on-one with faculty who oversee undergraduate research.

Can I get paid for doing research?

Can I get paid for doing research?

Yes. Check out our Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships, the Nebraska NIH INBRE Program, the Nebraska Academy of Sciences, the Council on Undergraduate Research, and scholarships available through Creighton’s SOAR office.

Will I be working one-on-one with a professor in a research project?

Will I be working one-on-one with a professor in a research project?

It depends. Some research involves one-on-one work with a faculty mentor; this is especially the case when the student develops his or her own project. In other cases, research is carried out by multiple students who can be resources to one another while contributing to a shared project. The nature of the research itself, as well as common practices within the discipline, will often determine which model is right for you.