Get Focused


Start with your interests. What would you like to learn more about? Talk to your advisors, professors, and peers. Get suggestions for where to look for existing project opportunities, or brainstorm project ideas.

Develop your project

Reflect on Your Interests

The first step in taking on any independent project is to reflect on your intellectual interests, questions, and goals.

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Team Up to Learn How to Do Research

Team up with other Stanford scholars to learn how to do research and discover what sort of project is right for you.

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Develop a Mentor Relationship

A good relationship with a faculty mentor is the cornerstone of all successful undergraduate research and independent projects.

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Assemble Your Research Toolbox

Fill your research toolbox with a unique combination of skills and knowledge.

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Build Your Independent Project

Consider the time scale and resources you have to build a successful independent project.

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Prepare for Your Off-Campus Project

Off-campus projects require extra preparation and careful planning.

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