Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Students often cite locating a research project as a major barrier to getting involved with research. Whether a student ends up doing an independent project, working in a lab, or participating in field research, the search for a mentor and project that fit the student’s interests can be difficult. Here are three strategies for making the search a fruitful one:
- Courses. One way students and faculty connect is through the classroom when students find a faculty member who inspires them and with whom they wish to work.
- Undergraduate Research Liaison. Many departments have designated undergraduate research liaisons who will help students connect with faculty and projects.
- Departmental Honors Advisor. Another likely source of information is the departmental Honors advisor.
- Web Guru, found online at http://www.webguru.neu.edu/, can be an excellent resource for learning about how to approach faculty mentors. It includes a very good guide about “how to get started”: http://www.webguru.neu.edu/undergraduate-research/getting-started