Intro to Research

Intro to Research is a workshop that helps potential undergraduate researchers learn how to get involved with a research group and make the most of their research experience.

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Spring 2024 - Workshop with Chemistry Undergraduate Research Board Q&A Panel

Intro to Research Slides – March 2024

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0:45 Welcome to Intro to Research
4:35 Can I get credit or paid to do research?
6:05 How do I get started with finding a research opportunity?
13:55 How do I email professors to ask about undergraduate research opportunities?
20:30 How do I prepare for a meeting or interview with a professor?
24:00 How do I enroll to get credit for research? How many credit hours do I need?
26:53 How do I make the most of my experience as an undergraduate researcher?
28:15 Tips for Undergraduate Research
30:05 Can I do research during the summer?
35:30 Chemistry Undergraduate Research Board (CURB) Panel Q&A
1. Victoria Tholkes (biochemistry)
2. Hunter Coplien (organic chemistry)
3. Elizabeth Schnorrenberg (bioinorganic chemistry)
4. Brendan Prosser (chemical biology)
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Pre-recorded Workshop (with full transcript)

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0:00 Welcome to Intro to Research!
1:42 How does research work?
2:47 Can I get credit or get paid to do research?
4:06 How do I get started?
4:38 How do I decide my research interests and goals?
6:55 What are the different areas of chemistry research?
7:52 How do I find the right professor/research group to join?
11:35 How do I email professors about research opportunities?
13:30 What are professors looking for in undergraduate research applicants?
15:35 How do I write an email to a professor?
18:44 What do I do if a professor doesn’t respond to my email?
19:00 How do I prepare for a meeting or interview with a professor to join their group?
21:47 Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need prior experience to do undergrad research?
Do we have to cold-email?
What are other methods to contact professors?
What are some classes that will be useful or helpful for research?

22:50 How do I enroll in chemistry research credit?
25:13 How do I make the most of my research experience?
26:55 Tips for Undergrad Research
29:15 Summer Research Opportunities
31:28 Contact the Chemistry Undergraduate Research Office if you have more questions!