How Do I Get Started?
Participation in research can take a variety of forms including volunteering to help a faculty member, working part-time on or off campus, participating in a LUROP fellowship, or undertaking a summer fellowship at another university or research institution.
Looking for undergraduate research? Start by searching through this Undergraduate Research Map that breaks down options and opportunities you may want to consider year-by-year. Be sure to disable your pop-up blocker and click the embedded links for pages with more information about each option, or stories about students who took advantage of various opportunities.
In addition, read through the options below for getting involved in research. Feel free to contact the LUROP office at any time with questions.
- Ask professors you know how to get involved in research, especially if they specialize in your area of interest.
- Ask any students you know working in research labs how they got a place working in that lab. You can also use your departmental website to find out which professors have labs, and then contact professors with labs directly. This can be a long shot, especially if you don't know the professors, but it is a possibility. Sometimes, labs put out calls for research assistants directly, like the one right here.
- Some individual departments may also provide information about research opportunities on or off campus. The Department of Physics, Department of Biology, and Department of Psychology are a few examples. Check out your department's website.
- One way to get started might be to gain some research experience through an internship or job. Check out RamblerLink, and search for positions using the keyword "research."
- Find an internship program at Loyola that might lead to a research opportunity. The History Department's internship program is an excellent example, helping students get positions in local institutions where they get hands-on experience with material that might one day become fodder for a research project.
- Find research classes. Many classes have a hands-on research component, though these are often for upper-level students. Visit the CEL courses page for UNIV classes and check out this list of engaged learning courses designated as undergraduate research in several departments. Note there may be other engaged learning courses with a research component designated as internship courses. Try a keyword search in LOCUS, or talk to your department about appropriate courses in your major.
- Check out the LUROP fellowships by visiting the Fellowships page. Several of these fellowships require you to find a mentor and a project independently, but some, like CURL, the Research Mentoring Program, WISER, and Molecular and Computational Biology Summer Research Fellowship, match you up with a mentor on an ongoing research project.
- Pre-professional offices (such as pre-health) and student organizations are also good resources for summer research internships and other opportunities. Contact those offices and organizations, and get on the relevant listservs.
- Visit the LUROP External Opportunities page to learn more about funding and fellowship opportunities outside of Loyola. Information about opportunities at Loyola's Stritch School of Medicine can also be found on this page.
- The library is a great place to find a research topic and to get started researching once you find a topic, especially for humanities students. Check out this list of Library Resources, and schedule an appointment to meet with a librarian who specializes in your subject area. You may find a project, which can help you attract a mentor, which is necessary for applying for many LUROP fellowships.
- "Like" the Center for Experiential Learning's facebook page for announcements about upcoming research fellowships, conferences, and other opportunities.