Starting Your Research Journey

New to undergraduate research and creative activities and don’t know where to begin? The Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities can answer your questions about investigation and creative inquiry opportunities at CU Denver | Anschutz and beyond. Whether you are looking for your first research position or stepping into independent scholarship - we're here to help.

Log on to our career resources platform, Handshake, to book an undergraduate research advising appointment or call 303-315-4000. 

Steps to Begin

1. Why are you interested in a research experience?

Are you curious about the world? Have an idea for a research or creative project? At CU Denver, students are involved in investigation and creative inquiry across all majors and disciplines. Whether you have your own research idea or want to get involved in an existing project, research may be for you!

2. When do you want a position?

The sooner you get started, the better - begin searching in your first year if possible! However, it is never too late to find your first research experience. Make an appointment with an undergraduate research advisor in Handshake to get started.

3. What benefits do you hope to get from the experience?

Are you looking for letters of recommendation, experience before graduate studies, hands-on work with a mentor? The benefits of research extend beyond your resume. Click Here to learn more about mentored experiences.

4. How much time do you want to spend on research?

Are you looking to attend a lab meeting, find a summer-long experience, or get involved for multiple years? Many positions are looking for volunteers, but it is possible to get paid for your research positions! Look into the EURēCA! Programs or search through other opportunities for paid fellowships and summer programs.

5. What are your interests and professional goals?

Think through your educational and professional goals, how will research help you get there? What specific topics interest you? Explore these questions and more with LynxConnect staff.

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