Whether you are a student in the humanities, engineering, social sciences or natural sciences, conducting undergraduate research can be a valuable part of your education. Working in a research lab expands your ability to work as a member of a team. Contributing to cutting-edge research allows you to develop technical skills as well as your analytical, problem-solving capabilities. Analyzing data and communicating your science to the greater research community enhances your critical thinking and interpersonal skills.
At Carnegie Mellon, and at other institutions and hospitals in the Pittsburgh region, there are countless research opportunities available in a variety of fields. Although research opportunities are plentiful, it will take some initiative on your part to obtain a research position. Here are some tips to get you started:
- Identify a field that interests you.
- Learn about labs within that field.
- Read papers from those labs.
- Contact a lab’s primary investigator to discuss research opportunities.