How to Get Involved

12 Step Guide to Start Your Research


Visit with UGR Staff

Outside of Ungar Building.

Contact or stop by the Office of Undergraduate Research and Community Outreach (UGR) to familiarize yourself with the process and current opportunities!


Discover Your Interests

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Reflect on your short-term and long-term goals, career aspirations, and existing interests to determine research disciplines that potentially could be a solid fit.


Explore Current Research

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While UGR has a database with over 1,200 faculty research mentors to help connect students, it does not hurt to explore the current opportunities listed on our website or UM's Research Profiles page.


Determine Availability

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Review your existing obligations for the period you wish to conduct reserach and determine how much time (hours per week and how many semesters) you can successfully commit to. Obligations to consider include:

  • course schedule
  • employment
  • student organizations
  • pre-professional entrance exam preparation


Prepare Necessary Documents

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The Undergradate Research Application requires a current resume and unofficial transcript to be submitted as PDF files. UM's Toppel Career Center provides free resume assistance!


Review and Complete Application

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Applicants can review all of the questions prior to beginning the application to determine if they currently have enough time to complete. If sufficient time is available, please complete the application in its entirety to the best of your knowledge. If you need to come back at a later time, the application will be in the same place waiting for you.


Your application has been submitted! Now what? Great question!

Keep scrolling for six additional steps that are just as important!


Check Your Email

Students who have sucessfully submitted an application should receive an email from UGR within two business days. This email may contain follow-up questions or 2-3 faculty mentors that appear to be a good fit.


Contact the Faculty

It is the students' responsibility to reach out to the faculty members with the provided contact information to schedule an interview.


Prepare for the Interview

Spend adequate time preparing for the interview. For additional information, check out the Frequently Asked Questions page.


Keep UGR in the Loop

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Throughout the interview process, it is important to stay in close communication with UGR in order for staff to provide assistance and update your record as necessary.


Present Your Research

After you have some experience conducting research with your faculty mentor, it is highly recommended to share your findings! UGR offers many opportunities to do so including:


Spread the Word

Encourage other students and faculty members to participate in the research activities! UM's research portfolio can only be improved through the collaboration between undergraduates and faculty.

Where to Next?

Now that you have a better understanding of the undergraduate research process, where would you like to go?