About Us

The Mission of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Community Outreach (UGR) is to provide mentored research experiences to undergraduates in all disciplines and provide outreach in the community through support of research at Miami Dade College and in the public/private K-12 school systems.

Research is a process of inquiry designed to discover new information. The word research comes from the French recherche, to search closely. This process may vary from discipline to discipline. In the sciences, research generally follows the hypothetico-deductive method to test predictions deduced from educated guesses called hypotheses.

In the humanities, research is the synthesis of knowledge to create new ideas that can be explored by others. In the fine arts, research is the creation of new works and techniques from existing modalities.

Thus the meaning of research varies across different disciplines. The one constant theme is that research is an inquiry-based activity that leads to discovery. The distinction between a student taking a traditional course and one doing research is that the former is a receptacle of knowledge and the latter is the creator of knowledge.

Our community outreach to middle schools, public and private high schools, and Miami-Dade College consists of summer and academic year programs designed to encourage more student diversity in science.

These programs provide dynamic and exciting mentored research experiences for students that help to prepare them for further education in science and related fields. Contact our program coordinator if you are a student or a parent interested in finding out more about our undergraduate research programs or our community outreach programs.