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Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity



Research Opportunities


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Explore Research Opportunities

Using the Undergraduate Research Portal:

The Undergraduate Research Portal is a one-stop shop for students to find and participate in faculty-mentored research, scholarship, and creative activities. UCR offers research opportunities to all undergraduates, including freshmen, sophomores, and transfer students. 

Students can get connected to faculty in arts, business, engineering, humanities, and sciences.  Opportunities are available for course credit, paid and volunteer work.

Getting Started – Tips on how to identify faculty who are conducting research in your field of interest:
  •  Use the Undergraduate Research Portal.Be sure that you read the requirements to apply carefully to insure you are a good fit.
  • Use office hours to visit faculty who are teaching or conducting research in your field of interest, be inquisitive about how to get started in the specific field. 
  • Use the faculty website to identify who is conducting research in your field of interest.  All department websites have a listing of faculty and their field(s) of expertise. (see Preparation Tips for Contacting Faculty)
  • Ask friends, advisors, and faculty for recommendations regarding faculty who are known to be enthusiastic undergraduate research mentors and whose expertise compliment your research interest.
Preparation Tips for Contacting Faculty:
 
  • Go to their website and read about their work, publications, research.  This will help you understand how your interests relate to the research conducted by them.  
  •  Be prepared to sell yourself, bring a resume and copy of your transcripts.
  •  Think about why you interested in the research area and what preparation you’ve had to complement their project (other research experience, course work, papers you’ve written, enthusiasm for the topic). 
  • Be prepared to articulate why you want to work with the faculty mentor (research focus, work experience, mentoring, preparation for graduate/professional school, technical knowledge, cutting edge research, opportunity to figure out career opportunities, etc…)
  • Practice your elevator speech to introduce yourself.
    • Who are you?
    • What do you offer (experience, course work, enthusiasm)?
    • Why are you interested in the topic/research project?
    • What do you know about the discipline? 
    • What do you hope to contribute?
    • What are your long term goals?
Questions to ask if interviewed for an opportunity:
  • What are the faculty member’s expectations of work to be accomplished by student researchers?
  • How many work hours per week are expected?
  • What are the opportunities for taking on increased responsibilities?
  • How many undergraduate students have presented their research at professional meetings (off and on campus) and/or published papers based on their work? Did these students receive credit in the form of authorship for their work?
  • Does the professor have funding to support his/her research program?
  • Will there be opportunities to apply for research funding through the student mini-grant program?
  • Can you earn research units for your work?
  • Be prepared to articulate why you want to work with the faculty mentor (research focus, work experience, mentoring, preparation for graduate/professional school, technical knowledge, cutting edge research, opportunity to figure out career opportunities)

 

Undergraduate Research Portal

PowerPoint Presentation about the Undergraduate Research Portal, click here.

 
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