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engage in real research and creative projects -- from a scientific lab, to conducting survey research, to researching historical documents in an Archive, to choreographing a new work.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 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.

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. Workshop topics are benefits and challenges of research, finding faculty mentors, a panel of student researchers, examples of student projects and more. 

How it works:

The free workshop is open to all U of M undergraduate students. We will be offering the workshop again in September 2019. Please fill out this short form if you would like us to contact you with the dates of the future workshops. 

Materials from Spring 2019:

Remember, there are many ways to get involved in research: Volunteer In a class for credit (a.k.a directed research), UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program), Undergraduate Research Scholarship, Student Employment as a job,  Summer Research Programs, International UROP, and the Grand Challenge UROP.

Find faculty mentors:

Department websites:
Experts @ Minnesota :
Centers and Institutes:

Find past projects:

Introduction to research ethics:

The Lab:

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 2018:

We talked to a few students about their research. Take a look. 


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.