What is the Undergraduate Research Program?

The University of Delaware believes that exceptionally capable and well-motivated students should be given a chance, while they are still beginners, to see and have a part in what is happening at the frontiers of knowledge and creative work today.Toward that end, the Undergraduate Research Program (URP), located at 180 South College Ave, guides undergraduates to work as assistants or junior members of faculty research teams. Advanced undergraduate researchers often continue on to undertake their own research projects and even sum up their undergraduate research experiences by writing senior theses. To learn more at an advisement appointment, please email UndergradResearch@udel.edu.

Who can participate?

The Undergraduate Research Program is open to all interested undergraduates. Undergraduate researchers are typically sophomores, juniors and seniors, although some first-year students become involved as well. Some students are looking to further explore a field or specialty on which they want to focus their courses and careers; others are already making their own original contributions to their chosen fields.

Students from other institutions also engage in research at the University of Delaware, usually during the summer months. For more information about this, contact the Undergraduate Research Program at UndergradResearch@udel.edu.

Why get involved in undergraduate research?

The URP helps to foster faculty-student collaboration at the university. Students have the opportunity to share in a professional researcher's work, to learn how he or she formulates a significant question, evolves a procedure to investigate it, obtains research funding and other resources, gathers and examines evidence, follows hunches, detects loopholes, and evaluates and shares results with the scientific, scholarly, or artistic community.

By participating in research, students have the chance to learn how their chosen field of study is currently progressing, or even about how related fields of study are influencing that progress. Research is also a large part of continuing education, so if students are thinking about applying to graduate school, having already participated in research is a great first step, not to mention a resume booster! If you are already getting started applying to graduate school, our office has compiled a list of application pointers to help point you in the right direction.