Why research? What does research involve?

In short, because you love to solve problems and learn more in your field. It usually involves working with a small group of students and a professor. WebGURU has a nice guide explaining what you can expect from a research opportunity.

Where do I find research opportunities?

For summer research programs, you should start looking in late fall. Many have application deadlines of January or February. S-STEM usually holds a workshop on finding and applying for these during early December - see the calendar.

  • NSF Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (Search for an REU)
  • CSS Summer Research - Contact STEM faculty members to discuss the possibility of summer research grants
  • Contact a professor on campus - many have research projects that you could work on for credit during the school year
  • McNair listing of summer research opportunities (spreadsheet)
  • Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP)
  • Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT)
  • The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA), formerly the Committee on Institutional Cooperation
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • The Leadership Alliance Summer Research Program (website)
  • List of opportunities (thanks to Dr. Timothy M. Trygstad) (website)
  • CIS research opportunities  Computing Community Consortium