Most undergraduate research involves faculty mentorship. Faculty generally view their mentoring of undergraduates as a deeply satisfying form of teaching, although one that can require a major commitment of time and resources. Some are energized by the enthusiasm and fresh perspective that undergraduate can bring. Others feel the responsibility to “give back”, and honor the faculty who mentored them by helping the next generation.
- Faculty gain personal satisfaction for working closely with students and passing on their knowledge and skills.
- Faculty gain by learning from students and making joint discoveries.
- Faculty can benefit by distributed workload on larger research projects.
- Faculty increase opportunities for a number of external grants that require participation of undergraduates.
- Though they may be less experienced and skilled than graduate students in your field, undergrads who seek out research work are often enthusiastic and ready to be shaped into productive, insightful workers.
- Undergraduate students can open possibilities for you to become more involved in the university community and its surroundings, thus helping to raise the profile of Queens College as a center for active learning.