Volume: Vol1, Issue 1/2012

Published on: Mar 2012

Contains 11 articles

Excellence in University education: role of undergraduate research






1Freie Universitaet Berlin, Departamentul de Fizica, Arnimallee 14, Berlin-14195, Germany



Undergraduate research is being recognized as key part of the University education [1,2]. Here we review briefly current topics pertaining to the nature and importance of undergraduate research. By immersing themselves into scientific research, the undergraduate students learn to ask specific scientific questions and design the experiment to answer the questions [2]; importantly, by doing research the students can understand the nature of the scientific research and appreciate its importance for economical development. Undergraduate research must be not just a repetition of known experimental observations or theories, but original, creative contributions to science that have the potential to be published in peer-reviewed journals [1-4]. To be successful, undergraduate research requires commitment and support from the University: there is a need of a curriculum that prepares students for research and nurtures their talents [2,5], support for research-active faculty who engage in undergraduate research, and infrastructure.





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