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engage in real research and creative projects -- from a scientific lab, to conducting survey research, to researching historical documents in an Archive, to choreographing a new work.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.
Materials used in the workshop on Jan 31, 2020 and Feb 7, 2020:
Useful links for next steps in getting started with research:
- Experts @ Minnesota: experts.umn.edu to find potential faculty mentors
- Centers and Institutes: centers.umn.edu to find interdisciplinary research centers and potential faculty mentors
- Department websites: twin-cities.umn.edu/research to find faculty in your major
- Request a consultation with a librarian to get tips on doing research in a given area or topic : z.umn.edu/libconsult
- Go to z.umn.edu/urop_posters to view 1500+ past posters and papers to see how other undergrads did their research projects
- Add the Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 17, 2020 in Northrop to your calendar. Go and talk to student researchers.
- Go to the website: “The Lab: Avoiding Research Misconduct” (ori.hhs.gov/the-lab) and go through the videos to learn more about research ethics
- Read more about IRB (research.umn.edu/units/irb) if “humans” are going to be part of research
- Read about “special permissions” (ugresearch.umn.edu/conducting-your-research/special-permissions-projects)
Unable to attend the workshop? 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.
Want to attend a future workshop?
We will be offering the workshop again in September 2020. If you want to be contacted with the dates, once we have them scheduled, fill out this short form.
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)
- Kat Gerwig, Librarian (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Meghan Lafferty, Chemistry Librarian (email@example.com)
- Wanda Marsolek, Engineering Librarian (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Read more about the Spring 2016 program in the Libraries Continuum newsletter.