Is this site for me?

If you are a graduate student, post doc, or faculty member who would like to find undergraduates to help on a project then this site is for you!

What is the purpose of this site?

This site has two main purposes:

  1. to serve as a project listing page for researchers (grad students, post docs, or faculty) looking for undergraduate students to join them on research projects

  2. provide a short guide for undergraduates to learn more about undergraduate research, how to "apply" for projects, and how to succeed in research

The idea behind these purposes was to provide a more equitable means of letting undergraduates find research projects within the CoC.

How do I (researcher) use this site?

Using the site is very simple for researchers!

First, fill out the project solicitation form found here. Once you've filled out the form, your project and its details should automatically show up on the embedded Google sheet on home page of this website. Then, all you have to do is wait for undergraduate students to contact you expressing their interest in joining your project! Once you've found a match, you can request to have your project removed by filling out a short form here. Your project will be removed from the listing page ASAP.

How can I come up with projects during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Projects need not be limited to fully-fleshed out, results-driven ideas. Due to the pandemic, on-campus research has been difficult and limited due to density budgets for social distancing. Instead of creating a project which requires undergraduates to participate in in-person experiments, it may be useful to come up with ideas that are more computational or theoretical in nature. In that regard, simulation-based experiments using models will be crucial in a remote project.

Many undergraduate students seek research opportunities to obtain a better understanding of what research is and what it is not. In that respect, an example of a different type of project you could offer is one that is akin to a mentorship journal club. Here, the idea is that both parties would engage in reading several journal papers and discussing those papers at a high level. From there, you can engage with the undergraduate in writing research proposals and/or writing reviews. These, of course, may or may not be published, depending on how ambitious you and your student feels. This type of project may also benefit from engaging several interested undergraduates to further facilitate discussion. However you decide to engage in alternative forms of research with undergraduates, the general idea is that (1) you gain mentorship experience and (2) all parties get some form of research done.

What if I have more questions?

If you have questions related to the use or purpose of this site, please contact us!