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Getting Started


Want to get involved but not sure where to begin? The Office of Undergraduate Research is here to help you get started with your research too. Conducting undergraduate research can take many forms. Some students begin their journey by serving as a research assistant to a faculty member on an ongoing research project. Others create their own research projects under the mentorship of a faculty member.

The following steps are outlined to help get you started on your path:

1. Find a faculty mentor

The faculty member will help guide your research and show you the ins and outs of conducting your own research. If you're nervous about talking to faculty, just remember that they are people too! Do some reading on the work they are involved in and their interests. Try to find common interests to show that you are passionate about getting involved. Send an email and ask to meet during office hours.

2. To team up or not

You can join an existing project or work independently when conducting undergraduate research. Many students begin by working under the direction of a faculty member as part of a research team. This type of project is particularly helpful for students to learn the basics of doing research, to build a strong foundation of basic knowledge in the field, and to investigate possible approaches to conducting independent research.

Undergraduate students can choose to dive right into their own independent project. This type of project might grow out of a student's work as part of a professor's research team, or it might be in an area in which a student has particular expertise or experience. This can be challenging and invigorating.

3. Prepare your resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn Profile

So you've reached out and been asked to submit some documents. No worries! Click here to see a few examples from the CPP Career Center on approaching the topic. In addition, LinkedIn is an ideal way to list out your accomplishments in an easy to view platform. The more information available to your mentor, the better they will know your skillset!

4. Attend workshops and networking events

Events such as our own, homegrown Student Research Conference or Creative Activities & Research Symposium are awesome OUR events to learn what other students have done, and faculty they worked with.

5. Opportunities in your mailbox

Join OUR-CPP's Mailing List and OUR Facebook page. You will receive updates on available research opportunities, workshops, seminars, conferences, and scholarships.