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What is research?

  • Undergraduate research is defined by the Council on Undergraduate Research as “an inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original, intellectual, or creative contribution to the discipline.”
  • Research is experimentation, answering questions, analysis, exploration, inquiry, investigation, creation, study, examination, reasoning, imagining, composing, designing, formulating, establishing, interpreting… the list of synonyms goes on and on!
  • Research takes place in labs, in libraries and research centers, in the field, in communities, in studios, in space, on land, underwater, on your computer, in your head, and beyond.
  • Research at Hopkins is more than just checking a box on your resume/ CV or filling a requirement for your major.

What’s in it for you?

  • Explore your curiosity and make impactful discoveries, changes or improvements to an issue or problem;
  • Create or design something new – a film, product, company, program, a (insert your idea);
  • Grow as an independent and critical thinker;
  • Advance your analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Apply concepts learned in class to simulated or real-life situations.
  • Increase your skill and knowledge of cutting edge equipment and techniques;
  • Expanding your network through collaborations;
  • Strengthen written, visual and oral communication skills.


Vice Provost for Research

265 Garland Hall
3400 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218

(410) 516-8094

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