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engage in real research and creative projects -- from a scientific lab, to conducting survey research, to researching historical documents in an Archive, to choreographing a new work.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 workshop designed to help undergraduate students (primarily first or second years) 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, a panel of student researchers, examples of student projects and more.
Learn about the wide variety of ways to get started with research including volunteer, taking a course, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), Undergraduate Research Scholarship (URS), International Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, summer research and more. Learn more about the Office for Undergraduate Research and the University Libraries.
How it works:
The free workshop is open to all U of M undergraduate students. We will be offering more workshops in January 2020. If you want us to send you information, fill out this interest form.
Materials from the Sept 2019 workshops:
Websites - Explore:
- Office of Undergraduate Research
- UMN Department websites (e.g. search for departments like chemistry or psychology)
- Experts@Minnesota (e.g. search for topic (e.g. brain cancer) or chemistry or psychology)
- Centers & Institutes
- Search Google scholar for a faculty name
- Look for past projects and posters in the University Digital Conservancy
- Learn about research ethics in The Lab
Missed the workshops? Not sure where to get started?
Meet with a Peer Research Consultant (PRC). Make an appointment with a fellow student to demystify getting started with faculty-sponsored research. They can help you figure out how to get started with research, go over deadlines and next steps, and answer questions.
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 from spring 2018:
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, Office of Undergraduate Research (email@example.com)
- Heidi Fahning, Office of Undergraduate Research (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Caitlin Bakker, Health Sciences Librarian, (email@example.com)
- Kim Clarke, Social Sciences Librarian (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Jody Kempf, Engineering Librarian (email@example.com)
- Kat Gerwig, Librarian (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Katie Wilson, Biosciences Librarian (email@example.com)
- Meghan Lafferty, Chemistry Librarian (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Allison Langham-Putrow, Engineering Librarian (email@example.com)
Read more about the Spring 2016 program in the Libraries Continuum newsletter.