A good relationship with a faculty mentor is the cornerstone of all successful undergraduate research and independent projects.
Finding a Research Mentor
- Identify faculty whose disciplinary interests align with yours.
- Prepare to meet with faculty by reading their website profiles, reading their recent publications, attending their talks, and developing a list of questions about their work.
- Set up a meeting with the faculty, either by emailing them or attending their office hours.
Working with Faculty on Long Term Projects
Set up a regular schedule of meetings with your project mentor. Always come prepared to meetings with questions and updates. In your meetings, ask for feedback and direction for next steps--then follow through with your mentor's suggestions before your next meeting.