Finding Research Mentors

The most daunting part of research for many undergraduates is the beginning - how do I find a mentor?


To apply for the Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Research Scholarship, you will need two mentors from different fields. (For specific information on fields, please see Interdisciplinary Fields.)


There are many ways to find a mentor and the Office of Interdisciplinary & Cross Campus Affairs can help you if need be. To begin with, if you have a project and specific mentors in mind, ask them! The Undergraduate Research Center - Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences has a helpful webpage with advice on how to do this.


If you already have one faculty member willing to be your mentor, they may know of other faculty who would be willing and appropriate for you to approach to be a second mentor.


If you don't have any mentors yet and you don't have a specific project in mind, be sure to check the Office of Undergraduate Research - Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences faculty-initiated Research Opportunities page. They keep a list of research projects that faculty are working on and have student researcher positions open.


Lastly, if you're in any of these situations and are still stuck, reach out to us. Laurel Grzesik, Program Communications Officer, can help you identify faculty who may be willing to work with you.


Remember - all of these discussions take time, more time than you may expect. Be sure to start looking for mentors early, especially if you would like our help in identifying faculty.