There are opportunities for undergraduate students to become involved in research under the guidance of a faculty member or grad student. Students are encouraged to get research experience if they plan on being a research scientist (going on for an M.S. or Ph.D.) or working in a research laboratory with a B.S. terminal degree. Such experience can also be valuable in obtaining admission to medical school and other health-related professional programs and training.
Undergraduate research doesn't require long hours in all cases. Your schedule for working in the lab or at the field site will be determined between you and your research adviser. Research experience is valuable for learning new skills, interacting with others doing things you are interested in, developing career opportunities and building your resume/curriculum vita.
There are also several opportunities for interested undergraduate students to present their research such as at the Biology Department's Tri-Beta Research Colloquium (typically held in February), Honors College Undergraduate Research Conference, and the Women in Science and Engineering Conference.
Research can be a fun and rewarding experience. Get involved! See the Q&A section below for more information.