Research Opportunities and STEM Experiences

Undergraduate research experience is extremely valuable as a selling point for admission to graduate studies. Research experience shows that you are knowledgeable about the research process, excited about your selected field, and enjoy participating in research projects. These qualities are important to graduate admissions. In fact, most graduate schools expect you to have some research background.

Below is a list of ideas on how to get involved in research activities:

  • Volunteer to work on a professor’s project
  • Work for a year or two as a lab technician
  • Conduct your own research with your advisor/professor
  • Apply for research opportunities within your institution or at other organizations. Click here for a list of research opportunities.


Review the list of research opportunities and select two that interest you. Explore the opportunities through the Internet and/or contact the organization to learn more.