Finding a Faculty Research Mentor

Finding a suitable research experience takes some work on your part.

Here are the usual steps:

After you have decided upon which research opportunity is best for you, it’s a good idea make an explicit agreement with your mentor that specifies

  • How much time you will spend in the lab
  • The days and hours you will work
  • Your responsibilities

If you wish to receive academic credit for your work, you should then contact the Coordinating Advisor or Undergraduate Program Director in the department to which your faculty mentor belongs. Each faculty member has a specific course and section number for undergraduate research, and each department has its own procedures for registering for credit.