February 5, 2008 8:02 PM
So, I went to a undergrad research workshop yesterday. It was very informative. Before I went in, I had no idea why and how important doing research was, besides the fact that it looked good on a resume:). Anyway, as I was handed thick packets of info, I learned from others great ways to find a research topic. First off, though, you need to find a mentor. You can either find one first and then brainstorm topics, or have a research proposal in mind then find a mentor. Good hints I heard were that setting a specified number of hours to how much time your mentor would be devoting to you is a good indicator to how well you and the mentor will be able to make the best out of your research.
Research is a great opportunity to explore your interests and it's exciting- shows how motivated you are and how interested you are in your major. It shows you took initiative and of course, it's more of a hands-on application type of work, rather than reading dryly out of a textbook and going to lectures. Other tactics/alternatives I found out:
1. senior honor thesis- shows up on transcript
2. join OUR very own CNR undergrad research SPUR
3. URAP-i heard a rumor that they like junior transfers a lot!!
4. to find out what research you even want to do, start taking classes you are interested in. Perhaps, then, you can find a potential research topic!
Hope this helps to all the freshman/sophomores interested in undergrad research! I know it helped me!
Leah Carroll's workshops are awesome if you're starting out undergraduate research. She guides you through many of the steps, and prepares you to write a proposal for Haas Scholars that also works for many programs including CNR's Honor Thesis program, and you can apply to SPUR with it as well.. http://research.berkeley.edu/haas_scholars/
Posted by Tay | 2008-02-25
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