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
- 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, stop by their office!) who are doing the research you want to do and express your interest. Their research is important to them; showing you have an interest in what they’re doing will definitely impress them.
- Ask friends that are doing research on campus. If there is an opening in their lab, they can put a good word in for you. Faculty members like getting referrals from students already working in their lab.