At a research university, you learn from great professors who are pushing and prodding the boundaries of human knowledge every day. If you are determined and inquisitive, they will take you along on their journeys—and encourage you to begin your own.
Research requires discipline, organization, critical thinking, and writing skills; and it teaches patience and tenacity. Often it’s pure joy for the researcher. It can be a stepping-stone to graduate school or to that first job after graduation.