Has a professor sparked your interest in a topic during a course?
Is there a project or an area of research that you have been dying to explore?
If so, you may want to consider research as an undergraduate. Undergraduate research gives you a chance to dig deeper into a discipline with the guidance of a faculty mentor.
How do I start?
The key to getting started in research is finding a subject you are passionate about and making connections with faculty who share that interest.
- Get to know professors, teaching assistants, and upperclassmen in your classes or in any department and find out what kind of research they are doing.
- Take advantage of what's going on around you. The University is full of lectures and colloquia every week. You never know what topic might spark your interest!
More student tips for getting started.
If you are looking for an existing research opportunity, thinking about designing a research project of your own, or just wondering whether or not research is for you, the Office of Undergraduate Research is a good place to start. Take a look at the information on our website, and then follow these steps, letting us know if you have questions anywhere along the process.
- Learn about the benefits of undergraduate research.
- Identify your area of academic or research interest.
- Find a member of the faculty to serve as your research advisor or mentor.
- Investigate possibilities for academic credit or funding.
Come to our events!
- Twice a year, the OUR presents the Undergraduate Research Symposium. This is a forum for students to present their research findings and a celebration of the diversity of research that takes place at Wash U. And it's a great venue for talking to student researchers about how they got started in research and for gathering information about what it means to do research.
- Watch for other events throughout the year. We post these on the homepage and on our News & Events page.
Have specific questions? Make an appointment to come meet with someone at the Office of Undergraduate Research!