Rebecca Webb, assistant professor, College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, will lead a yearlong campus initiative to expand opportunities for undergraduate students to be involved in real-world research projects.
To launch the initiative, Webb hosted an undergraduate research seminar to promote the work currently under way and to strengthen faculty-student relationships. Webb hopes the undergraduate research initiative will benefit students and faculty. For Webb, one of the great things about having undergraduate researchers is seeing them grow and develop skills through real-world research. Undergraduates involved in research typically do better in the classroom and learn more in the lab, Webb said. Also, students who work in the lab apply for graduate school at a higher rate than those who don’t thanks to the knowledge they gain and the investment of time they receive from the faculty supervising them. Faculty also benefits from the partnership, Webb said.