Working on a research or creative project with a faculty member is an opportunity for you to go beyond learning about a discipline and become actively involved in creating knowledge and new meaning within the discipline. You will learn things you might not learn in a classroom.
1. Identify your area of interest
Research is a hands-on way to explore different interests within your field. You may develop an idea of your interests based on class activities such as reading, researching for class assignments, or discussing topics in class. Look and listen for announcements from faculty members seeking student researchers on bulletin boards, in classes, or at seminars.
2. Find a mentor and project
Identify a few faculty members who have similar interests and ask if they have time to supervise an undergraduate researcher. If they do have the time to work with you, arrange to meet with them to discuss options available within your field.
We also have a new policy research network that solicits research topics from local civic leaders.
Each year 25 incoming freshmen are selected as Eagle Apprentices by Admissions and are supported through financial aid to work with a faculty mentor on their scholarship.
3. Choose a way to participate
There are several ways to participate in undergraduate research:
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