Decide on your research area of interest. What grabs your attention? What are you curious about? What do you enjoy studying? What questions need to be answered? Choose a research topic in which you are genuinely interested and think you will enjoy investigating. Don't try to solve all the problems of the world, but choose something that is doable in one or two semesters of part-time research.
Find a faculty mentor. If you know a faculty member with experience in your field of interest, you may contact the faculty member directly. If you don't have a faculty member in mind, browse the departmental contact list for suggestions or contact Dr. Jane Greer, Undergraduate Research Director. Dr. Greer will listen to your research ideas and help you find a faculty mentor who has expertise in your area of interest.
Complete a SEARCH or SUROP application.
SEARCH or SUROP grants are available for research projects undertaken during the academic year. SUROP grants (Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity) provide a tuition grant and cover research expenses for projects undertaken during the summer session.
Applications are available online or you can request one from firstname.lastname@example.org. Please submit an electronic version of the application and proposal (MS Word .doc or .docx file) to email@example.com and a signed paper copy to Dr. Greer (106 Cockefair Hall). Be sure to follow the directions!
The application deadline for SUROP is March 13, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
Materials for the 15th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium
will be due in March 2015.