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Begin your search for undergraduate research

Undergraduate research:
where to start

A female undergraduate student looking into a microscope while a male student reads a manual.

Getting started

Finding the right opportunity will take some work on your part, but it is worth it.

  • Start early! Think at least 1 semester in advance.  The sooner you start making connections, the sooner faculty members will know who you are.

 

Make Connections, and get to know faculty members in your area of interest

  • Don’t be afraid. Faculty members mentor undergraduates because they want to, not because they have to. They are invested in your future, and appreciate your enthusiasm. You offer them a fresh perspective and new ideas. Plus, your help will increase the productivity of their research. It is a win, win.

 

Reach out!

  • The College of Science has designated Peer Mentors to help you with your search with positions and funding, including help with drafting emails, intervieiwng tips, and grant appliciations.
  • You can also contact Emily Bell (esb26@psu.edu) for assistance.

Be persistent! Don’t be discouraged! WE ARE here to help!

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Take the time to decide

  • What do you hope to get out of your research experience?
  • What are your interests?
  • When are you available to do research, and how much time will you have?
  • Do you want to do research for credit, money, or as a volunteer?