Why do undergraduate research in geography/geology?
Undergraduate research experience is not just for those going on to graduate school. A 2009 survey of 302 employers by Hart Research Associates found that the employers are increasingly looking for the following skills in their new hires:
- The ability to understand the global context of situations and decisions (67%)
- Global issues and developments and their implications for the future (65%)
- The ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing (89%)
- Critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills (81%)
- The ability to analyze and solve complex problems (75%)
- Teamwork skills and the ability to collaborate with others in diverse group settings (71%)
- The ability to innovate and be creative (70%)
- The ability to locate, organize, and evaluate information from multiple sources (68%)
- The ability to work with numbers and understand statistics (63%)
- The ability to apply knowledge and skills to real-world settings through internships or other hands-on experiences (79%)
You may not be able to gain these skills in a traditional classroom setting, but you get to learn ALL these skills if you participate in undergraduate research.
Undergraduate research in the Geography/Geology Department
Students and faculty in the Department of Geography and Geology are highly involved in conducting faculty-student collaborative research. The department has two computer labs with state-of-the-art GIS and remote sensing software and laboratories for soil, water, fossil and rock analyses to be used for teaching and research. Interdisciplinary collaborations are also common.