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engage in real research and creative projects -- from a scientific lab, to conducting survey research, to researching historical documents in an Archive, to choreographing a new work.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.
Think like a Researcher is a series of 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.
Materials from Spring 2018 workshops:
- Slides (PDF)
- Handout on Office of Undergraduate Research Opportunities (e.g. UROP, URS, IUROP, etc.) (PDF)
- Tips for Finding a Faculty Mentor (PDF)
- Tips for Writing a Good Proposal (PDF) and Questions to Consider (PDF)
- Student Writing Support from the Center for Writing can help review or get started
- View past projects and posters to get ideas
- List of past UROP projects by College OR view posters and projects in University Digital Conservancy.
- Easy Tools for your Bibliography (PDF)
- Poster Design (PDF)
Sign up for future workshop
If you are intersted in being notified of future workshops in September 2018, please complete this short form. We will send you an email when we schedule our sessions in September 2018.
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"
Get a peek inside the Undergradaute Research Symposium
We talked to a few students about their research. Take a look.
If you have any questions, please contact Kate Peterson, firstname.lastname@example.org, 612-626-3746.
- Vicky Munro, Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (email@example.com)
- Caitlin Bakker, Health Science Librarian, (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Kim Clarke, Social Science Librarian (email@example.com)
- Jody Kempf, Engineering Librarian (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Kat Gerwig, Librarian (email@example.com)
- Katie Wilson, BioSciences Librarian (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Meghan Lafferty, Chemistry Librarian (email@example.com)
- Allison Langham, Engineering Librarian (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Read more about the Spring 2016 program in the Libraries Continuum newsletter.