At its most basic, “research” is a process of solving problems by posing questions and looking for ways to answer them. Everyone does research every single day. Academic research is essentially a process of exploring ideas and entering scholarly conversations. At the University of Notre Dame, “undergraduate research" covers a variety of investigations and modes of inquiry that may be disciplinary or interdisciplinary, faculty-initiated or student-initiated—all guided through collaboration with a faculty mentor. Research is just one form of "experiential learning"—learning by doing—which also includes internships, service-learning opportunities, language institutes, and more.
CUSE can point you to experiential learning resources at Notre Dame, help you identify funding sources to support independent experiential learning, and then assist you with grant applications to secure that funding. We want to help you make the most of your Notre Dame experience and expand your intellectual life at the University.