Defining Research

Defining research is as difficult as explaining how gravity works. We are aware of its tremendous effects, yet it’s hard to begin explaining all its complexities.

Why Perform Research at Cornell?

Undergraduate research is an enriching process by which you meet people, gain skills and become an active member of the university community.

Student Research by the Numbers

Cornell's mission is to discover, preserve, and disseminate knowledge; produce creative work; and promote a culture of broad inquiry throughout and beyond the Cornell community. See how we’re doing by the numbers.

Is Research for You?

Whatever the type or setting, all research is motivated by the quest to gain new knowledge. Some research is applied and may ultimately lead to the betterment of people’s lives, other research is at a basic level and can lead to a revolutionary change in in the way we think.

In the Beginning: What to Consider

Before you get started in "research," it is important to identify your goals and objectives. Knowing what you can learn from research will not only help you to find a great position, it will help you make the most of it. The following information should give you a few “thinking” points to consider.

Research Skills

Find information on the following topics: ethics and safety, statistical training, research reference and writing guides, presenting and publishing your work.