What is Research?


Research is the process of creating new knowledge. Used by all disciplines, research can take on many different forms, from scientific theory testing to artistic endeavors to building upon and revising existing knowledge.  Depending on the field of interest, research may involve searching for information in libraries and archives, surveying and interviewing subjects, conducting fieldwork, creating models, performing computations, composing creative works, conducting laboratory experiments, and analyzing data sets.  Undergraduate research uses these same disciplinary traditions to produce results worthy of communication to others.  The colleges and disciplines at the University of Maryland support all forms of research through many formal and informal research programs, from interdisciplinary projects to honors theses.

Undergraduate students at the University of Maryland are encouraged to experience the excitement of contributing new knowledge or creative works to the world by conducting research.  By researching, undergraduates can make a difference to society