Ready for Research Connection Sessions

Offered almost every week during fall and spring semesters, a Ready for Research session is for any undergraduate student, in any discipline, who might be interested in doing original research at some point in his or her academic career.

At these interactive sessions, participants get a sense of what it means to engage in faculty-supervised research and how to uncover opportunities. You'll be introduced to experienced student researchers and begin to identify potential research mentors.

Since in-person Ready for Research Connection Sessions have been temporarily suspended, we are connecting who are curious about research by email. Stat the process by following the steps below:

  1. Watch these two short videos:
    1. Undergraduate Research: What. Why. How, Part 1 (5:40), focused on the "What and Why," and
    2. Undergraduate Research: What. Why. How, Part 2 (5:05), focused on the "How"
  2. Reflect on your responses to the following:
    1. What might I like or dislike about research?
    2. How does undergraduate research differ from traditional co-op or internship?
    3. What type of training do I need before I can begin contributing to a project in a meaningful way?
    4. What does it mean to be involved with all aspects of the research process?
    5. What does it mean to be socially, intellectually, and professionally integrated onto a research team?
    6. How many hours per week am I willing to spend exploring research (e.g., arranging and attending meetings)?
    7. How many hours per week am I willing to volunteer with a research group before I seek course credit or monetary compensation?
    8. Dr. Lamkin often tells students “research opportunities often don’t exist until they do.” What does she mean by that?
  3. Email Nichelle Lyle with the following information:
    1. Your major, year in school, and general research interests
    2. That you have watched the videos and reflected on the questions above
  4. Nichelle will reply with names and majors of student researchers who are available to work with you one-on-one. These include:
    1. Members of the Undergraduate Research (UGR) Society: These undergraduate students are available to provide one-on-one guidance and (potentially) provide a tour of a research facility and (potentially) facilitate introductions to researchers that may help you get additional experience.
    2. Members of the Grad-Undergrad Research Connections Program: These graduate students are available to offer the same support as members of the Undergraduate Research Society. In addition, many of them are available to integrate you onto a research project.
  5. Tell Nichelle which person you would like to be introduced to. Then, she will connect you with that person via email.
  6. Following the e-introduction, you should respond by providing your general availability for a meeting (e.g., days/times that tend to be good for you) and the way you prefer to meet (e.g., phone, video call, etc.). The undergraduate or graduate student should respond within two working days.

Whether you are a first-year student or have just one more year to go, this is a great time to explore research. Engaging people in our network is a wonderful way to discover diverse research environments and diverse forms of research activity. It is also a great way to hone in on an opportunity that’s socially, intellectually, and professionally satisfying.