Your guide to undergraduate research

What you need to know about undergraduate research

Undergraduate research might sound big and scary but it’s not. It’s a great opportunity to take a deep dive into a field you’re interested in and learn from experts. Plus, it can help build your resume.

Something else research is not? Exclusive to hard sciences. That means it’s not only done in a lab — there’s research going on in every college at ASU, and you can get involved no matter what your major is. Research projects range from microbiology-focused projects to topics like how cities are preparing for autonomous vehicles and the ethics of dating.

It’s also an opportunity to get to know your professors better than you might otherwise. Working closely with a faculty member can open new doors or result in a letter of recommendation (you may need these if you plan to apply to graduate school). If you’re fascinated by something your professor is working on, reach out. It’s a great way to find new research opportunities or learn more about a subject you’re interested in.

How to get involved

When you’re looking for research projects, start here, then check your college’s website. Many colleges post available opportunities or the names of professors who are working on research projects. You should also check Handshake for leads both within ASU and outside the university.

Understand the experience

The range of research possibilities means that every experience will be different for every student. But each opportunity will give you an inside look at how research functions. You’ll increase your critical thinking and communication skills and see firsthand how researchers prove or disprove hypotheses and how to develop an argument.

Learn about one chemical engineering student’s experience as an undergraduate researcher at ASU. She learned about possible career paths, expanded her understanding of research in her field, and made meaningful connections with professors and other students.

Get more information about the benefits of undergraduate research and how to get started here.


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