Experiential learning through research opportunities will introduce you to a field of study and to the rewards of scholarly research. You may have the chance to work closely with a faculty member on his/her own research area and learn what it means to be at a premiere, cutting-edge research institution.
There are many paths to finding research opportunities on campus. See the short list below for ideas on how you can get started.
- Visit the Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research website to find a list of some of the research opportunities available on campus.
- The Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research has a listing in ELMS of hundreds of PAID summer research opportunities in life and physical sciences, engineering, mathematics and computer science, and behavioral/social sciences. Click here to request access to ELMS resource site.
- Visit the First-Year Innovation Research Experience (FIRE) website to learn more about this inclusive faculty-mentored research experience and gain academic credit.
- Check out your college or department websites or contact your academic advisor for more information. Many colleges and departments have established research programs and offer academic credit.
- Speak to your professors, sometimes they have openings or know of one of their colleagues that is looking for student help.
- Reach out to other faculty (email, call, or stop by their office!) who are doing the research you want to do and express your interest.
- Ask friends that are doing research on campus. Faculty members like getting referrals from students already working in their lab.