In what area do I need help?

In what area do I need help?

This decision tree can help you to locate resources on our web site that may be interesting or relevant for you.  Have fun exploring!

What kind of program interests me?

The Office of Undergraduate Research has a number of programs available to help you reach your goals.  Here is a list of all of them (OUR Grants/Programs), along with a way to refine your search.

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I am interested in academic year funding opportunities.

The Office of Undergraduate Research has two programs for doing projects during the academic year:

Other resources to help you prepare:

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I am interested in summer funding opportunities.

The Office of Undergraduate Research has two programs for doing projects during the academic year:

Other resources to help you prepare:

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I am interested in presenting my project.

The Office of Undergraduate Research offers a number of ways for you to present your work and learn how to do it more effectively:

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I WANT TO SEE WHAT OPPORTUNITIES MAY BE AVAILABLE FOR ME.

Global and Research Opportunities is a searchable database of great experiences and opportunities on campus and around the world.  It includes everything from labs and internships to external fellowships and study abroad programs.  It has opportunities for every stage of your college career. You can bookmark opportunities and receive relevant updates on them.

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What type of research interests me?

There are two primary paths for getting involved in undergraduate research.  If you are in a field where research takes place in lab settings (bio, chemistry, psychology, etc.), then getting into a lab doing work interesting to you is the first step.  If you are interested in fields that don’t use labs, then you will need to learn how to begin to put together an independent project.

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I am interested in learning to create an independent project.

Putting together your own project is an exciting and fulfilling process, but it can be a daunting one as well.  Embrace the fact that this process will be new to you, and take advantage of the many resources that can help support your journey.

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Have you already identified a lab where you would like to potentially work?
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Yes, I have a lab!

Congratulations on finding a place to start your research journey.  Students get involved in labs many different ways, including volunteering, work study, paid employment, and independent studies.  Talk to your lab about the possibilities they have available, realizing that starting gradually is often a good choice.  Here are some resources to help this process:

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No, I don't have a lab or research group yet.

Finding a lab should unfold like your college search, trying to find the best possible match for you.  Here are some resources to help this process:

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I am interested in working with a faculty member on her/his research.

Getting involved with faculty on their projects is a great way to get started in research.  You can learn how research works in your field and gain the skills necessary to do your own work down the line.  The first step is finding faculty doing research interesting to you.

The Office of Undergraduate Research also runs a program designed to fund students to work with faculty on their research either over the academic year or in the summer.

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What kind of advising interests me?

Advising occurs on many different levels at Northwestern, so your specific advising needs may vary.  The important thing is to always ask for help and take advantage of resources.

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I am interested in talking with someone about undergraduate research in general, even though I don’t really have a plan yet.

The Office of Undergraduate Research is happy to talk with you about your general interests and aspirations as well as answer your questions.  

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I am interested in talking with someone about applying to one of the Office of Undergraduate Research programs

The Office of Undergraduate Research is happy to work with you on all phases of your application to one of our programs.  We can answer pragmatic questions as well as offer feedback on application materials.   Please note that the Office cannot offer advising for people applying to programs that it does not administer.

 

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I am interested in getting help with my application materials.

There are many resources on our web site that can help you prepare a grant application, even if you aren’t applying to one of OUR’s programs:

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I am interested in talking with someone about the Undergraduate Research and Arts Exposition and other presentation opportunities.

The Office of Undergraduate Research offers a number of ways for you to present your work and learn how to do it more effectively:

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This decision tree can help you to locate resources on our web site that may be interesting or relevant for you.  Have fun exploring!