I am not able to find a research mentor. Can I still get involved in research?
Finding a research mentor and a research project that works for you is a process that tends to take time. If a potential faculty mentor is unable to bring you onto a project, you can ask them (and your other professors) to recommend other colleagues in the area.
I am unsure what I should be doing research on?
ScholarWorks is an open access database that stores scholarly works created by members of the Boise State University community. Look up research topics, areas and faculty and students who were involved in these research projects. If you find faculty whose research interests you, reach out to them. If you find student research on there, look up the faculty mentor for the project and reach out to them.
I do not plan to go to graduate school. Will research still be useful for me?
Yes! Studies have shown that undergraduate research experiences develop enhanced independent critical thinking skills, oral and written communication skills, tolerance for obstacles and higher intrinsic motivation to learn. These are competencies and skills that stay with students irrespective of their career paths, and are valued by employers.
Do I need prior experience to become involved in undergraduate research
Faculty work with undergraduate students at all skill levels and experiences. While prior experience can be useful, it is not necessary.
How much time can I expect to spend doing undergraduate research?
It varies and depends on the specific research project you are going to work on. As you think about undergraduate research, make an estimate of the amount of time you have in your schedule for research and look for opportunities accordingly.
I have other questions. Who can I talk to?
Email the Office of Undergraduate Research at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a time to talk.