What is research? It is exploring space with the largest optical telescope in the world in the Canary Islands, studying the paleooceanography that led to the formation of the ice of Antarctica, illustrating the ecology of ants of the Laikipia Plateau in Kenya, describing the economics of subsistence hunting in Inuit communities, and analyzing the influence of the patronage system on eighteenth-century opera. The common factor is an in-depth exploration of a question that results in the advancement of the discipline. UF researchers cross the globe to explore questions that add to our understanding of our world.
Who does research? We all do. While the University of Florida has over 4,000 faculty in 16 colleges conducting research, it also offers undergraduate students a wealth of opportunities on campus and beyond. Historians, scientists, health professionals, business professionals, artists, dancers, musicians, engineers, anthropologists, mathematicians, and educators are among those who seek to advance our knowledge of who we are.
Why do research? Conducting scholarly research is one of the primary benefits of attending a University with such a rich intellectual environment as is found at UF. Research is an important part of an undergraduate resume, and will make you more competitive whatever your post-graduation plans are. It will allow you to interact with a faculty member one-on-one, and will help you gain a deeper appreciation of your area of interest to a degree not possible in the classroom. UF has a variety of programs that offer research opportunities.
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