What are the Traditional Routes to Undergraduate Research Across Disciplines?
(1) Laboratory research in sciences and engineering.
(2) Field research in the natural and social sciences and in some of the humanities.
(3) Data analysis in business.
(4) Text-based research in the humanities--both primary and secondary sources.
(5) Creative projects in fine arts and humanities.
At the Beginning of Your Undergraduate Career
- Enroll in basic majors' science courses
- Maintain a high GPA
- Enroll in basic skills courses like English and math
Advancement in Your Undergraduate Career
- Schedule courses in research areas that interest you
- Get to know Baylor faculty in your area of interest
- Talk with faculty members about scholarship opportunities
- Ask faculty members about openings in departmental labs
- If interested in pursuing a research project, talk to a professor about the possibility
- Learn about undergraduate research opportunities in faculty labs on the EUReKA website
When Searching for Summer Research Experiences
- Start your search as early as possible; opportunities are usually posted in the fall for the following summer
- Keep track of job deadlines; many programs close applications between December and February
- Make sure to leave enough time to gather and send letters of reference
- Attend Baylor's Scholar's Day to learn about past research projects
- Attend any available seminars on undergraduate research in your department
- Talk with students in your major to learn about how to get involved and places that you can apply
- Volunteer to work for local agencies
- Learn about internships and other research opportunities on the BURST website