Created in the Spring of 2011, and supported by the UF Center for Undergraduate Research (CUR - http://cur.aa.ufl.edu/home.aspx), the Center for Undergraduate Research Board of Students (CURBS) is a small group of students dedicated to increasing awareness and improving the quality of undergraduate research opportunities at the University of Florida.
Although UF is regarded as being one of Florida’s top research universities, most undergraduates are never aware of – let alone get involved with – any of the numerous avenues of research made available to them by a significant amount of school funding. It’s a shame to think that those students who do have a deep, underlying passion for scientific discovery and creative thinking in all disciplines may go their entire lives without realizing it, simply because they were unaware it was a real and tangible possibility. Of those who do find their way into the field, most still only see a small fraction of all the benefits a professional research community has to offer.
As many students are aware, a significant research experience is commonly expressed by graduate program admissions committees to be one of the most beneficial extracurricular experiences an undergraduate can entertain, and this is certainly not limited to hard sciences. If your résumé is already in good shape, research can really help garner you an edge in the application process.
Whether it’s the scholarly activity, intellectual camaraderie, artistic creativity, or scientific discovery, there’s something about research in which everyone can find a passion. A career in research is surely not for everyone, but it is our wish that more students explore and gain an appreciation for research.