Undergraduate research has been shown to be a high impact teaching practice. Students work together to ask their own questions. Some its many benefits include: increased engagement, better retention of information, and improved critical thinking skills. I have used it both outside and inside the classroom. I find that the best model seems to be having students working outside the classroom, but have part of the project within a course. Students in the course then see the activity of their peers, get to be involved in the projects and sometimes begin to explore careers in biological research. In my courses, I also incorporate unique projects or hypothesis-based labs where students develop their own hypothesis and carry out the research. Examples of all types can be found by selecting the links below. Or you can view them all by clicking "Next" at the end of each page.