4 of 5 students meet with faculty at least once a semester to work on special projects, conduct research, or get help on coursework.
What do you mean by special projects and research and why are they important?
- Special projects and research can encompass many things such as running studies and managing participants in a professor’s lab to helping out with their class as an exam proctor, grader, or even as a leader of review sessions. You may also elect to work with a professor to complete a thesis tailored to your specific interests.
- Finding a strong mentor in your field can help students be successful at the university and lead to better opportunities for jobs and graduate schools, especially when a recommendations or references are needed.
Why should I talk to my professor about coursework, and when can I do that?
- Working with professors outside of class to solidify concepts helps students to reinforce their knowledge and gives students an opportunity to build a stronger professional relationship with their professor. Professors notice students who come in with questions and remember them as motivated learners who want to succeed.
- The professor is an expert in their course and academic field. If you are struggling with a concept, there is no one better person to go than the leader of the class.
- Most faculty and staff will list their office hours and contact information on their class syllabus. If one is not listed, send your professor an email to arrange a time that will work for both you.