There are several benefits in participating undergraduate research.
By participating in undergraduate research you will:
- Develop a one-on-one mentoring relationship with faculty member, staff scientist, or doctoral students, that can earn you a strong recommendation letter necessary graduate school and professional program acceptance (e.g. law school, medical school);
- Help clarify your academic and career interests and goals;
- Acquire knowledge in your academic field that transcends classroom study;
- Enhance critical skills in communication, independent thinking, creativity and problem-solving;
- Enhance professional and academic credentials to support applications for scholarships, awards, career employment and entry into graduate and professional schools;
- Engage in the creation of new knowledge on the cutting edge of an academic discipline and apply that knowledge to real-world problems;
- Participate directly in SDSU’s central mission of scientific discovery, scholarly activity and creativity.
- Any SDSU student can receive academic credit and may be eligible for departmental honors thesis projects.
How to Get Involved in Research?
- Visit the science department web pages on-line
- Read faculty research and biographies and make a list of your top research laboratories that interest you
- Talk to students who are engaged in research on campus
- Visit professor’s office hours
- Contact faculty directly via email and phone calls and always leave your contact information
Writing_Successful_Applications for Biomedical Science Programs
Taking from the NIH Research and Training Opportunities Office