Getting Started

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Where will your curiosity lead you? We in the OUR are eager to provide the information and resources that you need to engage in original inquiry, scholarship and creative work while you are an undergraduate at Carolina. The way YOU will choose to get started in undergraduate research is up to you—there are many “right answers”. Here are some ideas, arranged by year, together with some links to other pages on this site.

  • Enroll in a First Year Seminar that offers a research experience.
  • Enroll in IDST 194, Modes of Inquiry to learn about faculty research in many disciplines.
  • Choose courses that teach research methodologies and/or include research experiences.
  • Sign up for the Carolina Research Scholar Program to obtain up-to-date information and recognition for your involvement.
  • Choose a work-study job, or job advertised in the DTH that might lead to a research experience.
  • Review current postings on the OUR Database of Research Opportunities.
  • Review these tips on preparing your CV and writing a contact e-mail message.
  • Make an appointment to talk with an OUR Department Liaison in an area where you want to know more about research.
  • Chat with an OUR Student Ambassador and learn from their tips for conducting undergraduate research.
  • Talk with faculty in your courses about their research interests.
  • Ask graduate student teaching assistants and graduate research consultants (GRCs) about their research interests or about other research on campus.
  • Request assistance from University librarians concerning Carolina faculty research expertise, publications and performances, and review the websites of faculty whose work interests you.
  • Find out what students with interests similar to yours have accomplished by looking at their research summaries and abstracts of work they have presented at the annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research, and plan to attend the next Celebration in April.
  • If you are interested in international research experiences, review what SURF recipients have done by using the Past Student Projects database.
  • Attend a workshop to learn more about proposal development and apply for a research fellowship.