Discover. Create. Explore.
WHY SHOULD YOU DO UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH?
Undergraduate researchers engage in intellectual pursuits alongside faculty in their field of interest. As an undergraduate researcher, you can:
- GAIN experience in your field
- PREPARE for graduate or professional school
- DEVELOP problem-solving skills
- CONTRIBUTE to the knowledge in your discipline
- BUILD relationships with professionals in your field
NEED HELP GETTING STARTED?
Identifying Potential Faculty Mentors
- IDENTIFY YOUR AREAS OF RESEARCH INTEREST
Reserach can be done in any field, and students are welcome to pursue opportunities inside or outside of their major. Take the time to explore different types of reserach by reading about faculty projects on department websites or checking the EUReKA departmentmental directory - EUReKA Departmental Directory
- TALK TO PEOPLE IN YOUR DEPARTMENT
Professors, instructors, teaching assistants, advisors, and upperclassmen may suggest possible mentors and help inspire your research interests.
- DO YOUR HOMEWORK
Utilize campus and internet resources, including the library and library website, to find recently published work from faculty who you are going to contact. Make sure you are familiar with their research interests and current projects before you contact them.
Contacting Potential Faculty Mentors
Email is often the best method to contact potential faculty mentors. Your email should contain the following information:
- Who are you? If applicable, do you have any relevant experience or recommended coursework?
- What aspects of the faculty member's research interest you? Why?
- Ask the faculty member if you can make an appointment to discuss their research in detail.
- Include a salutation, greeting, and an an email signature.
Meeting with Potential Faculty Mentors
- BEFORE YOUR MEETING
Before interviewing for a research postition, make sure that you are familiar with the faculty member's research interests and have prepared a list of questions to ask your potentil mentor. Consider these topics:
- The faculty member's past and future projects.
- Expectations for students, skills that you may need to develop, and how you can prepare to work on their project.
- DURING YOUR MEETING
Business casual attire is recommended. Be prepared and professional, but remember that there is no need to stress. Faculty want to get to know you, and may ask you about the following topics:
- Why are you interested in their research?
- What are your goals and how will conducting research help you achieve them?
- What do you hope to learn?
- RESEARCH FOR CREDIT
There is a zero credit hour option available at no cost to you that does not countribute to excess hours. You can enroll in zero credit as long as you are enrolled in other coursework. For some departments, this course may also serve as academic credit towards the completion of your major. Contact your mentor's department for more information.