Not sure where to find research opportunities? Start by learning about undergraduate research options, and then connecting with faculty, students, and/or the OUR Director to find a research opportunity that is a good fit for you. Browse the topics below for tips on finding research opportunities at NCWU.
Learn about Undergraduate Research
Start by exploring research areas and learning more about what interests you. Discover who’s doing research on campus, and how you can get involved.
Take a Research Methods Course:
For many students, a research class is their first experience with undergraduate research. Click here to access NCWU’s college catalog to find research methods classes that can help you find out what research is like in a particular field, or learn techniques for conducting research.
Look at Department Websites and Social Media Pages
Faculty and student publications and presentations are often highlighted on departmental webpages and/or social media. You can use these sites to get information on the type of research being conducted by faculty and students in these departments.
Browse the OUR Faculty Research Database
Browse faculty research activities and interests (below) for ongoing faculty research programs and activities that you may be able to get involved in. Check back often as this database is updated continually.
Attend OUR Workshops
Visit the OUR event calendar to find a workshop or seminar.
Attend the NCWU Undergraduate Research Symposium
Learn how other students are conducting their research by attending the annual NCWU Undergraduate Research Symposium.
Connect with a Research Mentor
Finding a research mentor (usually a faculty member) is a helpful way to obtain guidance and exposure to more research opportunities. Browse the faculty research database below to learn more about faculty research interests and activities, and connect with a potential faculty research mentor. Need help finding a research mentor? Contact the OUR Director to help you navigate your research path and make connections with faculty conducting research in your area of interest.
Find External Research Opportunities
There are many national organizations that can help undergraduate students connect with research opportunities outside of their institution. Below are some examples:
National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU): https://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/index.jsp
Pathways to Science Summer research Opportunities: https://www.pathwaystoscience.org/Undergrads.aspx
Oak Ridge National Laboratory: