What Is a Research University?
A research university is a university which considers research to be one of its primary purposes. The University of Maryland, College Park identifies itself as “a public research university . . . committed to preeminence as a national center of research and graduate education, and as the institution of choice for Maryland’s undergraduates of exceptional ability and promise.” (University Mission Statement).
As part of its efforts to reach its goal of being a premier research institution, the University of Maryland supports undergraduate research. The University encourages faculty to incorporate research into coursework and provides undergraduates with research opportunities outside of the classroom, enhancing and improving undergraduate education in terms of teaching and learning, as many students learn better from the discovery/inquiry process than traditional instruction. The University has made research a priority in the undergraduate experience, in an effort to train students to become educated consumers of research and the next generation of researchers.