TIPS TO MAXIMIZE A RESEARCH CAREER
GET INVOLVED WITH RESEARCH EARLY
Research is a great addition to a resumé or graduate school application, and the more experience you have, the greater the payoff. Beginning re-search early will also help you be competitive for prestigious national scholarships and fellowships, like the Goldwater Scholarship or the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.
REACH OUT TO YOUR PROFESSORS IF THEIR WORK IS INTERESTING TO YOU
The best way to find an undergraduate research experience is to ASK! If your professor is doing work that you find interesting, ask if they know of any opportunities to get involved. If you pursue an undergraduate research opportunity in a field that you are interested in, the experience will be more rewarding and motivating.
DON'T BE INTIMIDATED
Many undergraduate research opportunities do not require that you have previous research experience – it’s a place for you to learn those skills! The work may be difficult at first, but don’t let that scare you – after some practice it will become second nature. Your advisor is there to help and mentor you, so always ask questions and make sure that you understand both the process and the goal.
Undergraduate research occurs in every discipline at NDSU and is as varied as the students who conduct it. The NDSU EXPLORE Showcase of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity is an annual event that brings together students from all disciplines to present their research and creative work.
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In 2010, the U.S. House of Representatives designated a week in April as an annual time to recognize undergraduate research occurring at universities across the nation. As a part of this national celebration, NDSU hosted a series of sessions about how undergraduates can best take part in research activities.