Or prove it wrong. Either way, you need to go where your ideas lead you. Student research is not only encouraged at Wake Forest; it’s backed by one of our most popular Centers, the Undergraduate Research and Creative Services Center (URECA).
In the past six years (2011-16), Undergraduate Research Day at Wake Forest has featured 751 presentations, more than 95 percent of which have been mentored by one or more faculty members. The research has been as close to home as campus and as far away as Thailand, one of 39 foreign countries to which students have traveled in pursuing their work.
And even that doesn’t tell the whole story. An impressive 59 percent of Class of 2016 graduates received academic credit for faculty-led work in class, and they did so in every division of scholarship — not just natural sciences.
The chance to work side-by-side with your professors while creating new knowledge together is an experience that’s hard to beat. That’s one of the reasons we don’t limit student research to upperclassmen. At Wake Forest, this experience is open to everyone. Wake The Vote, a campaign immersion project in conjunction with a Politics class taught by Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry (’94), offered 22 students a chance to travel to Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina in the Spring 2016 semester and to the major parties’ conventions in the Summer. Eight of the 22 participants were freshmen. That’s the highest representation of any class.
So make sure to pack your ideas. We can’t wait to meet them, too.