Undergraduate research is a great way to enhance your studies by:
- applying critical thinking skills,
- improving your problem solving skills,
- working successfully as part of a team,
- building your proficiency with different technologies/instruments/software programs,
- developing your communication skills, and setting yourself apart from the crowd.
Notice that each of these benefits could be very useful in your future career!
EGGS students may do research for course credit (EGGS 475 - Independent Study or EGGS 493 - Research in Environmental, Geographical, and Geological Sciences), for pure enjoyment of science, for building your resume, and/or (if grant funding is available) for money.
Students in the Department of Environmental, Geographical, and Geological Sciences do research in a variety of settings:
- Course-embedded research is research you do that is built into a particular course. EGGS courses that use course-embedded research include EGGS 460 - Aqueous Geochemistry, and EGGS 361 - Principles of GIS II. Students in these courses often develop their project into a presentation given at a professional conference, such as Northeastern Section Meeting of the Geological Society of America, or the American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting.
- Some students do research on faculty-run or faculty-inspired projects. This work can be done during the semester or over the summer, or both, if you get really interested in what you are doing!
- You may be inspired to develop your own research project! If so, working with a faculty mentor, you may propose that your work be completed as: a research project for credit, a project funded through BU's Undergraduate Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activity (URSCA), or a project funded by the Jessica Kozloff Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Grant which was established to "enhance the undergraduate experience and to encourage collaborative research between undergraduate students and a faculty mentor".