Exploring Research Group Consultations

Exploring Research Group Consultations are for any undergraduate student, in any discipline, who might be interested in doing original research at some point in his or her academic career.

By taking the initial steps below, you'll 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.

While in-person meetings are suspended, we are connecting people virtually. Get started by  following the steps below:

  1. Watch 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. How does undergraduate research differ from traditional co-op or internship?
    2. What kind of experience am I looking for?
    3. What steps can I take to access the type of experience I want?
    4. What does it mean to be socially, intellectually, and professionally integrated onto a research team?
    5. Is it important to me that I am socially, intellectually, and professionally integrated onto a research team?
    6. How many hours per week am I willing to volunteer with a research group before I seek course credit or monetary compensation?
    7. Dr. Lamkin often tells students, “Research opportunities often don’t exist until they do.” What does she mean by that?
    8. How might a graduate or undergraduate student researcher support me in my quest for research?
  3. Attend a virtual Exploring Research group consultation.
    1. In a small group with a leader, you'll dive deeper into the steps and resources needed to successfully find a research experience.
    2. Sign up for an Exploring Research group consultation from the many dates and times available. We'll send you a link to join the online session.
    3. If you have already attended a group consultation and just want to be connected with a student researcher from our network, email Nichelle Lyle.

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 home in on an opportunity that’s socially, intellectually, and professionally satisfying.