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Get Started in Undergraduate Research

Watch the video below to learn more on how to get involved with undergraduate research!

Get Connected

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  • Check our Events page for upcoming Getting Started in Research Info Sessions.
  • Subscribe to OUR listserv by emailing us your first and last name and your email address to learn about research opportunities, scholarships, internships, summer programs, and volunteering prospects. 
  • Join us on Facebook; Become a member, and learn about research opportunities, scholarships, conferences, workshops, and much, much more.
  • Consult this listing of UH faculty members seeking undergraduate researchers to assist them in ongoing research projects. This list is not comprehensive. There are many other faculty members on campus conducting research, but this list can get you started.

Find a Faculty Mentor

Review the Literature

Research the Faculty:

  • Start by talking with faculty you know from courses that you have enjoyed and in which you have done well. Even if the professor is not currently seeking an undergraduate researcher, he or she may know of colleagues that are seeking research assistants within your discipline.
  • Read the faculty profiles from your home department. This is perhaps the best way to learn more about what research is in your field, and it will assist you in determining what type of research you would like to conduct. Many faculty web pages list some of the publications that the faculty member has authored. It is a good idea to read some of these articles.
  • Consult with an academic advisor from your department to inquire about faculty members currently conducting research in your discipline.
  • Talk to other undergraduates who are currently conducting research. They can let you know how they got their foot in the door. 

Contact the Faculty (your email should include):

  1. Contact information
  2. Background information, such as academic information and any previous research experience
  3. Unofficial transcript
  4. One page résumé
  5. SPECIFICALLY what about the professor’s research is of interest to you
  6. WHY would you be a good fit for the position
  7. Your availability to conduct research

Apply for a Research Program

Select a Research Design

Once you have found a faculty mentor, OUR offers several research programs to which you can apply.

Your choice of application will be based upon the length and scope of the research project, your academic schedule, and discussions with your faculty mentor for research.   

Potential Research Program Options Include:

Other Non-Program Options Include:

  • Enroll in an independent study course (see your academic advisor for course number and appropriate number of credits)
  • Get paid hourly through the department
  • Volunteer your time

Conduct the Research

Carry Out the Research

There are several important steps to follow when conducting research. Learn more about research and steps in the research process, as well as resources to assist you along the way.

You may also present a research poster at Undergraduate Research Day, which takes place every Fall semester, or speak to your faculty mentor or OUR staff about presenting your research at academic conferences within your field.