The University of Minnesota has unparalleled opportunities for undergraduate students to engage in real research and creative projects -- from a scientific lab, to conducting survey research, to researching historical documents in an Archive, to choreographing a new work. These require students take their skills to the next level. Image of poster

Think like a Researcher is a series of 2 workshops designed to help undergraduate students become comfortable with the research skills and tools needed to participate in a variety of exciting research and creative opportunities. It is designed to bring students, especially first year and second year students, from across the University and different colleges together to learn.

Workshop Topics are:
  • Benefits and challenges of research; Finding faculty mentors
  • Finding Scholarly Literature; Data Management basics
  • Writing Proposals; Designing Posters; Applying for Funding

How it Works:

The free workshop series is open to all U of M undergraduate students. Students can decide to attend only those workshops that meet their interests, however, in order to receive a certificate of completion you must attend all workshops and complete short assignments. 

Program Dates:

Our workshop dates for Fall 2017 are either:

  • Tuesday, September 12 from 3pm to 5pm AND Tuesday, September 19 from 3pm to 5pm, Location: Nolte 140 (East Bank)
  • Friday, September 15 from 11am to 1pm AND Friday, September 22 from 11am to 1pm, Location: Nolte 140 (East Bank)


Participants who attend all workshops and complete all requirements will be eligible to receive the Think Like a Researcher Certificate (and UROP t-shirt). Please complete our short application form and add the dates to your calendar. We will send additional information in early September.

Quotes from student participants:

  • "It's quite helpful for learning about the basics of how research works."
  • "It was definitely worthwhile. Dense package of useful info."
  • "It provided an easy manner for me to feel like I have one foot in the door already."
  • "Very clear guide to take a first step for research"

If you have any questions, please contact Kate Peterson,, 612-626-3746.

Additional Contacts:

Read more about the Spring 2016 program in the Libraries Continuum newsletter.