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Undergraduate Research Participation Up 14 Percent in 2019

Undergraduate students and their research mentors at University of Tennessee, Knoxville, are investigating the spread of La Crosse virus, the leading mosquito-borne disease in East Tennessee.

The number of undergraduate students participating in research at UT grew more than 14 percent from 2018 to 2019; more than 10 times as many students are engaged in research work than only five years ago.

“We know that students who are engaged in research projects are driven to persist in their studies and graduate at a higher rate,” Chancellor Donde Plowman said. “Participating in research develops critical thinking and problem-solving skills. It’s valuable experience no matter what career path a student takes.”

In 2014, 401 students participated in research projects as undergraduates. For the 2018–19 academic year, 4,460 undergraduate students participated in research work, according to the university’s Office of Undergraduate Research. For 2017–18, that number was 3,906.

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