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Undergraduate Research

Pathway to Undergraduate Research:

Volunteer (1 semester) --> NEUR 2994 (P/F, 1 semester) --> NEUR 2994/4994 (A-F, 1 semester)

Students must volunteer in a lab for 1 semester before registering for credit. After volunteering, students may register for 2994 as P/F. After completion of 1 semester volunteering and 1 semester of NEUR 2994, a student is eligible to register for graded credit (A-F) at 2994 or 4994 level. 

Students should reserve 4994 for their last semester of research. All students enrolled in NEUR 4994 Undergraduate Research are required to participate in the final poster session at the end of the semester.  

 

For Students New to Research

To be eligible to volunteer, students must:

  • Have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0
  • Have an agreement with a core or affiliate faculty member to do work in the lab
  • Be prepared to commit 10 hours per week in a lab
  • Have completed the Student Research Training Checklist
  • Have completed the Volunteer Letter

To eligible for register for NEUR 2994 (P/F), students must:

To eligible for register for NEUR 2994/4994 (A-F), students must:

  • Have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0
  • Have an agreement with a core or affiliate faculty member to do work in the lab
  • Have completed 1 semester of volunteering and 1 semester of 2994 research credit in a lab
  • Have completed the Student Research Training Checklist
  • Have completed the College of Science Experiential Learning Form
  • Note that only NEUR 4994 research will count towards restricted elective credit
  • Note that students enrolled in NEUR 4994 Undergraduate Research are required to participate in the final poster session at the end of the semester. Complete the NEUR 4994 Student and Faculty Agreement Form

Plan to look for research opportunities prior to registering for the following semester because it may take multiple attempts to find a lab. Most labs require a minimum of 10-12 hours per week, so plan your schedule accordingly.

Explore the Core and Affiliated Faculty areas of the website to learn about the research interests of our faculty.  Once you find a faculty member whose interest areas align with your own, you are ready to get started.  The steps below provide an outline for how to get involved:

1. Contact the faculty member whose research lab interests you.  We recommend requesting an in-person meeting via e-mail along with the following items:

  • Your name
  • Your Graduating Class year (Example: Class of Spring 2021)
  • Your overall GPA as well as your in-major GPA
  • A statement of interest
    Statement of Interest: Read the description of the research on the faculty’s website. You may want to read a few papers that the lab published. This may be too technical for you to understand but you should try to get a basic understanding of what the lab does. The more you know about the research, the more the professor is likely to take you seriously. Your statement of interest should explain why the research interests you and why you want to join this particular lab.
  • Your Resume

2. Complete the trainings within the Student Research Training Checklist. These safety training courses are required for most wet labs.  These courses take up to two weeks to complete, so planning ahead is key.  Note that some faculty may ask you to have these trainings completed before meeting with you in person.   

3. Complete the College of Science Experiential Learning form for research/independent study credit. Complete the Volunteer Letter if the research is to be completed for no credit.  

  • For research in Fall 2021: August 27th at 5:00PM

For Students Returning to Research

1. To return to the same lab for research, discuss with your professor around course request time to secure a position for the following semester.

2. To switch your research lab, email the professor you want to work with to discuss the opportunity. Be sure to do this early enough to complete training courses if you have not already done so.

3. Complete the College of Science Experiential Learning form for research/independent study credit.

  • Deadline for research in Fall 2021: August 27th at 5:00PM.