How the Program Works

Graduate students who are willing to participate register for the program. Then:

  1. The contact information you provide is added to a roster in the office of Undergraduate Research.
  2. Undergraduates who attend a Ready for Research information session will be informed about the Grad-Undergrad Research Connections program and be offered the option to reach out to a Grad student by email to express interest in learning more about their work. Students sending you an email will courtesy copy (cc) Dr. Megan Lamkin (Program Director for Undergraduate Research) and Nichelle Lyle (GA for Undergraduate Research). (We will share your contact information with a maximum of three undergrads per semester; if there is additional demand, we will contact you about your willingness to meet additional students.)
  3. When you get an email from an undergrad in the program, respond within two working days to set up a time to meet (ideally in your research environment).
  4. Meet with the undergrad. To get the conversation rolling, you can say things like:
    • Tell me what you are thinking of doing when you graduate.
    • Tell me more about your interest in research.
    • Tell me what you know about research in this field.
    • Tell me what you know (or what you have heard) about graduate school.
  5. If you are interested in engaging a student beyond an initial conversation (e.g., paper discussions, mentoring through a research project related to your thesis or dissertation), communicate your interest and availability to the student as soon as possible (see Additional Ways of Participating). If you are not interested, consider introducing the undergrad to others who may be able to support his or her interests.
  6. At the end of the semester, we will send you a survey that asks how many students you met, how things went, and whether or not you will participate the following semester. We ask that you complete this survey so that we can best track the number of students served & identify graduate students for Outstanding Service.