Undergraduate Research Provides Opportunities, Growth For Students

By Kelsey Schwab

With the second oldest undergraduate research program in the nation, Utah State University provides students with more research experience now than in the past.

“Our undergraduate research program was established in 1975, and since that time it has grown dramatically,” said Katie Feinauer, project manager and communications for the Office of Research and Graduate Studies at USU.

USU ranks third in the nation in external funding for a college of education. Feinauer said for that reasons, undergraduate research is a very important part of Utah State.

According to Feinauer, there have been a lot of changes for students since 1975 due to the Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program and the option of having an undergraduate research designation on their transcript.

“The URF program provides students an opportuni