Undergraduate research is, quite simply, a scientific investigation conducted by an undergraduate student. Fisheries research can take many forms. For example, an undergraduate student may assist a conservation agency in sampling sportfish in inland lakes, help a graduate student identify small-bodied native fishes from prairie streams, or design an angler survey instrument with a faculty member. Undergraduate students commonly conduct research for course credit, graduation with honors, professional experience, and/or intellectual enrichment. Research prepares undergraduate students for graduate school and future employment and is a valuable way to contribute to fisheries science early in one’s career.
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Andrew Carlson, M.S. Candidate, South Dakota State University
Tracy Wendt, M.S. Student, University of Montana