What is research?

In scholarly work, research is the process by which new knowledge is constructed. These new discoveries or creative products serve as unique contributions to their fields. Although the products of a research experience and the related descriptive vocabulary vary greatly across disciplines, new knowledge creation is fundamentally the result of an inquiry-based process.

The Council for Undergraduate Research (CUR) defines undergraduate research as “An inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline”.

At Penn State, you are going to have incomparable opportunities to listen to and speak with some of the smartest and most interesting people in the world… This is not only about gaining new knowledge and challenging your own assumptions, but about learning and making discoveries with them." -Nina Jablonski, Evan Pugh University Professor of Anthropology, Penn State University