This tutorial is excerpted from the Finding a Research Mentor or Project workshop. Check out the Entering Research Workshops for more tips on getting started with research!
Before you look for a research opportunity, it’s important to think about what research areas you find interesting. If you want tips for identifying your research interests, try our Start with your Questions tutorial!
It’s also a good idea to think about whether you want to pursue a faculty- or student-led project.
Check out the Research Logistics at UCLA workshop for more information on faculty- and student-led research!
Browsing departmental websites and contacting faculty members with relevant interests can open the door to research opportunities!
You might not know it, but there are lots of people around you who do research! Talking to them is a great way to find research opportunities.
The UCLA Undergraduate Research Portal is a free online resource for UCLA students to find research opportunities, including paid and off-campus opportunities. Check out this video for more information!
Now that you know how to find research opportunities, make a list of at least 5 potential mentors and/or research projects you would like to pursue. Here are some things to consider!
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Giselle Burns, Kian Ravaei, Xinyi(Alex) Yan
Janet Goins, Kelly Kistner, Doug Worsham, CIMER (Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research)