How to get involved with undergraduate research?
Faculty members are involved in both theoretical and experimental research. Several offer research opportunities for undergraduates.
- Determine what research topics interest you
- Visit faculty’s personal webpages to learn more about their research projects
- Familiarize yourself with the research of faculty you’d like to work with
- Contact faculty to talk more about their research and/or ask about research opportunities in their labs
Don’t be discouraged if the first faculty member you contact does not have an open slot in their laboratory. Ask several and be patient!
Research Programs and Fellowships
At Fresno State:
Faculty and Undergraduate Research Student Teams (FURST) http://www.fresnostate.edu/csm/math/research/furst/index.html – Aims to involve faculty and students at primarily undergraduate institutions in collaborative mathematics research
Undergraduate Research Grants http://www.fresnostate.edu/academics/offices/undergraduate/research.html – provide up to $1,000 in financial support to undergraduate students who work closely with a faculty member to conduct research, engage in field studies, create projects in their discipline, or participate in similar scholarly/creative activities.
McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program http://www.fresnostate.edu/academics/mcnair/index.html – Designed to encourage low-income individuals who are first-generation college students and/or traditionally underrepresented in graduate education to pursue doctoral study.
Or log onto HireTopDogs (formerly BulldogLink) and search under “ARC Internships and Research Experiences”
Several research universities, national laboratories, and government agencies offer undergraduate research experiences and internships. You can search individual websites or search engines for opportunities, such as the following:
Pathways to Science http://www.pathwaystoscience.org/Undergrads.aspx
NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_search.jsp