Students benefit in several ways. They learn a lot of chemistry, certainly, but more importantly, they learn about the discovery process. Most find that they are ideally suited to pursuing a research degree, and I am proud of having many former undergraduates who have pursued Ph.D. degrees in the best programs in the country (one former undergraduate, who participated in UROP, is now on the faculty at UC Riverside!). Others, though, find that research is not for them. That's OK, too.