For me there were two big advantages to doing research in College. The first was that I was able to closely interact with the research professor. This is something undergraduates typically rarely get a chance to do. It can be very inspirational and it allows you to glimpse up-close a very high caliber academic person; one who can be very useful later on for a Recommendation. The second aspect is the joy and adventure of participating in cutting-edge research. You often are able to work with a highly motivated team of other students and professionals. and the work you are doing will often advance lead to an advance in Science or Engineering. How often does one get to that in Life? I encourage you to enthusiastically go after this great pursuit!
Pete Sturtevant, PE