Get Involved

Here are a few recommended steps for students interested in getting involved in research, scholarship, and/or creative activities:

  • Define your interests
    • What general field are you interested in?
    • What classes have been the most interesting to you?
    • Are you looking to develop specific skills through being involved?
  • Identify laboratories/research centers within your interests
    • Reach out to a faculty member to ask them about research within your major/interests
      • This provides an opportunity to find a mentor. If they do not have an open position, they may be able to connect you to a faculty member who does have an opening
  • Prepare to apply
    • Check the prerequisites, and determine if you meet them
      • For example, minimum GPA, specific course prerequisites, etc.
    • Understand the minimum time commitment
      • On average, student will be expected to complete a minimum of 7-12 hours a week
    • Make sure you have everything you need for the application – do you need to obtain a transcript, or provide a résumé?
    • Try to read at least 2 publications that the faculty member has been involved with before you contact them or meet them
      • It is okay if you don’t understand a lot of the content, but it will help you develop a knowledge base so you can have informed conversations
  • Reach out to faculty
    • Email the faculty member in a personal and professional manner
      • Make sure your email is professionally written
      • Include complete contact information, as well as your interests, any previous experience, your availability, relevant course work, a copy of your unofficial transcript, and what you would hope to work on
  • Be patient!
    • It may take time to hear back from faculty. If you don’t hear back in two weeks, visit their office hours
    • Be prepared for any meeting you might have with a faculty member – treat it like an interview!