Research is awesome; research is frustrating.
The role of undergraduate research in the department. "You will be doing a lot more than washing dishes!" Some examples of what undergraduate researchers have accomplished.
The goal: to explain; to discover; to generate new knowledge.
Competition, deadlines, and culture: research vs. teaching.
The players: undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and faculty.
Expectations: hours, training, commitment, timeline, and initiative.
Establishing working relationships: the myth of the lone researcher; who works for who?; building trust.
Previous experience required: zero to some.
Hours available required: 6 to 15.
When to look: for a summer position, starting late in the fall, before winter break.
Read the webpage and the posters in the hall. Keep in mind that the target audience Think through
- "How many hours are you available for research?"
- "For pay or for credit?"
- "Are you available to work over the summer and/or over break?"
Method A: Appointment with the research supervisor (e.g., the professor).
Method B: Talk to graduate students (e.g., your TAs).