Research (like everything) looks different in Fall 2020 due to Covid-19 but it hasn’t stopped. Our faculty have been creative and students researchers have risen to the challenges. 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engage in real research and creative projects -- from a scientific lab, to conducting survey research, to researching historical documents in an Archive, to choreographing a new work.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. Do you want to learn more about how to get started?

Think like a Researcher is an online workshop and mini-course 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.

Fall 2020 - register for online workshop and mini-course

For Fall 2020, our Think Like a Researcher workshop and mini-course will be a mix of recorded videos, short activities to help you explore and online synchronous panels with faculty research mentors and student researchers. Once you register below we will send you updates with next steps. This experience will be available mid- September 2020. It should take about 1.5 - 2 hours to complete total.

Register to participate in Think Like a Researcher by Wednesday, September 23, 2020.

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.

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.

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