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Undergraduate Research

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Resources for Students

Resources on Research Writing: 

Resources on Creating and Presenting a Research Poster:

Resources on ethical research practice:

Resources on resolving conflicts between mentors and mentees:

Resources on how to write an effective research or creative projects proposal:

How to find a faculty research mentor: 

  • Talk to faculty who teach courses you enjoy and see if they can assist you with finding research opportunities in those areas.
  • Read faculty bios on departmental websites. Many departmental websites will also list adjunct faculty.
  • Read or observe articles, papers, publications, or creative works by the faculty with whom you are interested in working. 
  • Talk with your advisor and get ideas from him or her
  • Note: It's a good idea to have more than one potential mentor in mind. There are several reasons why faculty choose not to enter into a mentoring relationship with a student: they might be on sabbatical, already have several undergraduates and don't have any more room, or their time is already fully committed.

Before you meet with a potential faculty research mentor: 

  • Think about what you want. Are you only looking for a summer research experience or are you interested in continuing with the research during the following academic year? Identify what it is about the professor or his or her research that interests you.  Be able to articulate why the professor should consider mentoring you. Have ideas for your research or creative projects proposal and be prepared to have a conversation about it.
  • Make sure you know something about the faculty member's research or creative work. Better yet, read an article or something else he or she has written.
  • Be prepared: if the faculty member you meet with does not need/want to take on a student, ask who else he or she thinks you should talk to. Sometimes an conversation or email that begins, "Professor Smith suggested that I talk to you..." will get better results.