Experiential Learning Center
Undergraduate Research - Find an Opportunity
There are many ways to find a research opportunity:
Review department websites.
- Take a look at our Research Opportunities links.
Find campus opportunities as well as national summer fellowships. Note that there are many more opportunities than are posted here.
Learn about the faculty members in your department or college and find out about their research interests and specializations. Many departments list each faculty member’s research interests, and sometimes faculty have personal research websites which are linked from the departmental website.
Take courses related to your research interests.
Explore your interests through coursework. Gain relevant skills and knowledge that will prepare you for in-depth engagement in your topic.
Talk to your professors.
Talk to professors who teach topics that interest you and ask about possible research opportunities in that field, either with the instructor or another faculty member.
Talk to other students in your major.
Many students find out about research opportunities and studio projects through their peers. Also attend the Research and Creative Activities Symposium to talk to student researchers and their mentors and get ideas about the myriad of possibilities.
Contact potential faculty mentors.
Do your homework concerning each faculty member with whom you are interested in conducting research. Make sure you are familiar with their interest areas and current research projects (if available online) prior to contacting potential mentors.
Assist faculty in their research labs.
Many professors need help in their labs. Get involved as early as possible. If you participate for a couple of semesters, you will already know the lay of the lab when you are ready to begin research.
Take an Independent Study
Earn academic credit while exploring an area of interest under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Students are responsible for selecting their area of inquiry and are required to produce a finished research paper or other significant academic assignment.