Thinking About Fall Undergraduate Research

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Christopher Reaves, Ph.D.
Director, Undergraduate Research and Student Innovation
chris.reaves@gatech.edu

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Is your student interested in research but a little unsure as to what area of interest would be the right one? Does he or she want to get a head start on planning for the fall semester? The summer is a great time for students to investigate possible research areas and projects of interest. For example, we always suggest students do a little homework before contacting a faculty member concerning research projects. One efficient and effective way to accomplish this is to review the research of their major or another interesting field of study at Georgia Tech. Read about what faculty members are doing and take notes … or at least download a few of their papers from the Georgia Tech Library to read. Our 10 Simple Steps to Finding a Research Position is a great guideline to follow.

Students who are in Atlanta over the summer may also want to make appointments to visit some labs on campus to get a tour from a graduate student, post-doc, or undergraduate researcher. Summer is a great time to find researchers in the lab, plus the pace is a little more relaxed so it’s an ideal time to ask questions and get a feel for what is really done in a specific research program. Students might also plan to attend departmental presentations hosted during the summer. This is another way to meet the researchers and learn about available projects.

Students should also take some time to update their resumes. Many faculty members ask for a resume to learn more about a student’s experience and leadership skills. 

In some cases, volunteering is a great way to get a foot in the door. Many labs host undergraduates from other universities, high school students, and teachers during the summer. As a result, opportunities to be part of a volunteer project might be available.

For more information on how your student can get involved in on-campus research, visit the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program website www.undergradresearch.gatech.edu.

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  • Created By: Rachael Pocklington
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  • Created On: May 31, 2013 - 9:39am
  • Last Updated: Oct 7, 2016 - 11:14pm