Getting Started in Research

First, reflect. Spend time thinking about how getting involved in undergraduate research can complement your academic experience and prepare you for your future goals.

Second, note that not all research is listed as a ‘job’ or internship. More often than not, faculty mentors and researchers are eager to have students show initiative and reach out to them. It shows commitment, curiosity and will allow a faculty member to decide if it might be a good match. Because the research environment often involves some type of mentorship, a ‘good match’ between faculty and student is very important. This is not a traditional job search. You are advised to treat this as an opportunity not an expectation. Faculty are under no obligation to involve undergraduates in their work.

Talk with staff at the CCSA, your academic advisors, and the directors of undergraduate studies in your department for further guidance on identifying opportunities, when might be a good time to engage in research, and how to gain the most from the experience.  If you are a student in STEM, consider contacting the UCISTEM team in Career Advancement for further guidance on research-based internship experiences and potential Metcalf funding. Below you will find some general advice, as well as suggestions for how to identify research opportunities. Click on the links to the left to find general advice, tips on how to find research and an advisor(s), how to communicate with faculty, and what you can expect to prepare for a potential research advisor's review.