FIND YOUR RESEARCH FOCUS
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
The first step in taking on any independent project is to reflect on your intellectual interests, questions, and goals.
Team up with other Stanford scholars to learn how to do research and discover what sort of project is right for you.
A good relationship with a faculty mentor is the cornerstone of all successful undergraduate research and independent projects.
Fill your research toolbox with a unique combination of skills and knowledge.
Consider the time scale and resources you have to build a successful independent project.
Off-campus projects require extra preparation and careful planning.