To find research opportunities that are right for you use our Database of Faculty Research Interests and Database of Research Opportunities. But before you begin think about the following practical considerations.
First, every researcher was once a novice. Don't be daunted by the feeling that you don't have a research background. Research-education is part of the process. Many research programs offer extra training or mentoring to keep you on track and provide encouragement. Also, many research opportunities provide you with a group of student peers, with whom you can share experiences and growth.
Secondly, consider your commitment.
Third: network. Speak with others about your interest in a research opportunity.
Fourth: Make a plan.
You may begin a research experience any time during your academic career. Even though the semester may have already started, a research opportunity with a university faculty member can start whenever a grant is funded or arrangements are completed. Unlike selecting next semester's courses, it does not need to happen at a particular time. However, many projects begin with the new academic year.
Every undergraduate major offers you an opportunity for independent study or research, as well as a chance to do a thesis or senior research project. But many special programs on campus offer additional resources, as well as opportunities for funding. Go to Find Funding for Research > Tulane Funding for information on grants for Tulane students. These Tulane University grants can help you pay for travel related to your research, buy research supplies, or pay a stipend in order to allow you to do the research.
Other activities that may help you clarify your interests and develop a plan include:
Fifth: Find your project on campus.
Develop a letter of application and a resume listing relevant job and research experiences. If you do not have a résumé, you can get help building one by consulting the Hire Tulane site. Both the résumé tips page and the OptimalRésumé page will help you construct a résumé. Then, you can consult with CREATe staff who can help you with the editing of your résumé and cover letter. When searching for a research project and faculty supervisor be assertive. Most faculty will be interested in talking with you. They will want to know whether you have the time and energy to take on another intellectual endeavor. Be prepared to talk about yourself and your interests.
Look through the Database of Faculty Research Interests in order to locate a potential faculty mentor with an interest in a topic that interests you. Check the List of Research Opportunities, where faculty have listed specific internships and research assistantships and jobs. If you have any questions about using these lists, please contact CREATe staff. If you find a position that interests you, don't hesitate to approach faculty members who are conducting interesting projects.
Note: Most faculty do not rely on the List of Research Opportunities or HireTulane.com to find student research assistants. They know that students will find them.
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