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 CBL Summer Research - http://www.css.edu/academics/clare-booth-luce-research-awards.html
- 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 http://cra.org/ccc/resources/cs-urge