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Undergraduate research

Get started as early in your undergraduate career as possible so you have a chance to build your skills and contribute to the research for the team you work with. You may find that you do research in your freshman year and continue until graduation.

Step 1: Learn about the research going on in the department and beyond and identify two or three areas that interest you.

  • Visit faculty web pages to learn about their fields of interest.
  • Talk to your advisor.
  • Talk to other students and your TA's about their research.
  • Look at the posters in the hallways of the department.

Step 2:Contact two or three faculty members and ask for an appointment to discuss their research and the possibility of an undergrad position on their team. If you don't hear back within a few weeks, send another email or drop by their office.

Research Funding & Programs

The Center for Research and Learning maintains a list of many IUPUI sponsored Undergraduate Funding Opportunities. Several of these that may be of interest to you include the University Research Opportunities Program (UROP), Multidisciplinary undergraduate research institute (MURI), and Commitment to Excellence in STEM Scholarship (contact Angel Campbell).

Sophomores and juniors may apply for the Life/Health Sciences Internship Program, which offers many opportunities for research in the IU School of Medicine and other health professions schools on campus.

Additionally, check out the School of Science Institute for Mathematical Modeling and Computational Science research opportunities for students.

Computer science program the right size, right fit

Maggie Hedrick Computer Science, Undergraduate