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Strategies for Getting Involved

Identify your interests
Take advantage of undergraduate research initiatives
Identify faculty members who share your interests
Stop! Prepare before contacting faculty members
Contact a faculty member
Prepare for your initial meeting with a faculty member
Ensure a successful first meeting with a faculty member
Keep in mind. . .

Identify your interests.

  • What topics interest you?
  • What relevant coursework have you taken or do you plan to take?
  • Is there something you are passionate about and would like to explore?
    1. What volunteer or work experience do you have?
    2. What organizations, sports, or activities do you participate in?
    3. What are your favorite courses?

Take advantage of undergraduate research initiatives.
A variety of programs exist to support undergraduate research on campus.