At Baylor, involvement in research is a key component of the undergraduate experience. There are lots of ways for students to gain research experience, from working alongside faculty to undertaking independent research. This page contains information and resources to help you get started.
The best way to get started in research is to talk to your professors. Seek out faculty members in your major and ask them about their research and about ways you can become involved. Even if they don't currently have a need for student research assistants, they may be able to refer you to other faculty or mentor you as you pursue an independent research project.
Pay attention to topics that you find most interesting in your classes and read up on the current state of the field. Ask your faculty mentor to help you look for ways you can take the next step and answer questions that can generate new knowledge.
The best opportunity for research might not even be in your major. Look for ways to work across disciplines, applying techniques and perspectives from one field to solve problems in another. Again, your faculty mentor can be a great resource.
Baylor Undergraduate Resarch in Science and Technology (BURST) is an organization for students who are interested in pursuing research opportunities in STEM fields. BURST events help members learn more about conducting research and connect with other students with similar goals. Click here to learn more about BURST.
The OVPR provides grant money that can help you purchase supplies and even pay you a stipend for working on research. The Undergraduate Research & Scholarly Achievement (URSA) Small Grant Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for research with significant student involvement. Students are not eligible to apply directly for URSA grants, but you can work with your faculty mentor to develop a research plan and proposal. Click here to learn more about URSA grants.
Scholars Week is an annual exhibition of undergraduate research and creative activity sponsored by the OVPR and URSA. Any undergraduate student can apply to present their research or other scholarly work. Presentations can be in the form of research posters or oral presentations. Click here to learn more about Scholars Week.
Baylor has three undergraduate research journals. The Phoenix is a student-run magazine that publishes literary and artistic work by Baylor undergraduates. The Pulse is an academic journal produced and edited by students in Baylor's Honors College. Scientia is a scientific journal produced by the student members of BURST. Click here to learn more about Baylor's undergraduate journals on the URSA website.