Carnegie Mellon University


Useful Tips on Finding an Undergraduate Research Opportunity:

  • If your school is a research university look at faculty web sites, if someone’s work looks particularly interesting make an appointment to speak with them (maybe read a couple of their papers first).
  • Does your school have an undergraduate research office? They will have information and know about scholarships and funding.
  • Start with someone you know –e.g. did you take a class with a professor whose work sounds interesting?
  • Do your homework before talking to them –you are not expected to be an expert but you should be able to talk a little about the subject (be focused rather than vague)
  • If they are not interested ask if they can point you in the right direction.
  • Talk to your advisor.
  • Have a presentable resume!
  • This is all good experience even if you don’t end up finding a good match first time around.

If your school is not a research university, or if you don’t find help at your school, google: "Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs)".
REUs, usually pay you to help with research projects.

Some Undergraduate Research Opportunities and Funding Sources:

When You Have Some Research Experience:
Think about doing a POSTER as a way into presenting your work. Here are some great conferences for undergraduate research posters

Apply for scholarships to attend other conferences: ask for help with funding from your own schools plus other organizations (see above). Many conferences offer scholarships to help fund your attendance.

Other Good Advice: