Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland
April 7, 2017
April 7, 2017
April 8, 2017
This paper describes the benefits and development of how undergraduate research propels undergraduate students and prepares them for the future in their respective field of study. The opportunity to conduct undergraduate research develops students’ technical writing skills, builds understanding of industry terminology and technology as well as efficiency of operating experimentation apparatuses. The paper further elaborates on the importance of incorporating undergraduate research to the curriculum as this will prepare students to be socially, critically, and professionally adequate as they confidently enter the engineering work force and/or pursue higher education. Undergraduate research not only adds a wealth of knowledge to the individual, but teaches patience, ethics, and discipline when applying processes and procedures and designing standards that must be upheld because of the responsibility as professionals to protect the well-being of human life. The above have been substantiated in the paper by the first author through her undergraduate research experience in geotechnical engineering. Lastly, incorporating undergraduate research into the curriculum will expand students’ network of professionals, consequently facilitating the connection of the classroom studies with the industry. This displays them with a broad prospective of topics, challenges, and innovative research that they can relate to and work to resolve.
Lawton, B., & Owolabi, O. A. (2017, April), Shaping the Undergraduate Mind through Research Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Mid Atlantic Section Spring Conference, Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland. https://peer.asee.org/29266
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