Resources for Students
Resources on Research Writing:
- How to Write an Abstract: K. Gabriel
- Writing a Research Paper in the Humanities and Social Sciences: G. Stock Kupperman
- Writing a Research Paper in the Social Sciences: J. Anderson-Meger
- Writing a Scientific Papers in the Natural Sciences: J. Sadowski and K. Schreier
- Tips on Writing a Scientific Research Paper: J. Sadowski and K. Schreier
- Detailed Outline of a Social Sciences Research Paper: J. Anderson-Meger
Resources on Creating and Presenting a Research Poster:
- Research Poster Presentations: P. Dixon
- Poster Presentations: S. Thorson-Olesen
- Poster Printing Instructions for the VU Copy Center. Visit the Copy Center website for more information.
- The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Secrets to an Excellent Poster: C. Lawrence
- A Collection of Presentation Tips and Resources: S. Cosby Ronnenberg
- Poster Pesentation Basics: D. Bauer
- Creating and Presenting Research Posters: L. Ware
- Tips for Creating and Giving Poster Presentions: L. Ware
- To view sample poster presentations by discipline:
Resources on Creating and Giving a Research Presentation:
- How to Give Oral Presentations: C. Mayne
- Secrets of a Good Research Talk: W. Jones
- Effective Oral Research Presentations: J. Anderson-Meger
- Making Oral Presentations: M. Smuksta
- A Guide to Oral Research Presentations - a great resource on oral presentation content from James Madison University. This guide was developed for their institution's symposium, so details regarding available resources, etc. are not relevant outside of that context.
- Oral Research Presentations: T. Clark
Resources on submitting your research/creative work for publication:
Resources on ethical research practice:
- Viterbo's Institutional Review Board website (Note: if your research involves working with human subject(s) in any way, you must submit a research proposal and have it approved BEFORE you can begin your work.)
- Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP)
- United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Ethics Codes
– Social and Human Sciences
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.