Start EARLY, don't wait until your junior year!
Undergraduate researchers usually start out in a laboratory as
laboratory technicians, performing tasks such as washing dishes,
autoclaving, and performing library searches. As the students become
more comfortable in the lab, duties begin to shift toward procedures
such as a novel synthesis, electrophoresis or simple reactions. Once
enough technical expertise is achieved, students can move on to a
research project. The earlier you start, the sooner you will be ready
tackle you own project.
Many of our undergraduates complete enough work to be listed as one of the authors on a research paper--and if you really work hard you could be the first author!
How do you find an undergraduate position?
Look over the "Research"
page, find an area of research that interests you. Call, e-mail or
by a professor's office to inquire about a position. Also check
Student Employment on campus.
Click on the following links for more information