“Now” is the right time to get involved in undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activities regardless of your major or year in college.
Getting started in undergraduate research involves two important components. The first is developing your research skills, and the second is finding the right opportunity for you to engage in research, scholarship, and creative activities with a mentor.
Begin with Some Context
Take Advantage of Our Programs
We offer a one-credit course entitled “UNIV199: Introduction to Directed Research” in both fall and spring semesters. It is designed for those interested in—but not yet working on—research, scholarship, and creative activities. Take it to learn how to get involved in research and gain skills that will prepare you for a mentored research experience.
Undergraduates currently involved in research serve as “peer mentors” and are available to meet with you. Their experience and training will help them answer your questions, such as how to get started, options for financial support for your efforts, and finding the right mentor. An online scheduling system helps you get an appointment with any of the mentors profiled on the Office of Undergraduate Research website.
Attend Our Information Sessions
The Office of Undergraduate Research offers a number of information sessions on getting involved with undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activities. Watch for workshop announcements on our events page.
Engage in Course-Based Research
Some classes at WSU involve course-based research. These courses provide a convenient opportunity to engage in research, scholarship, or creativity activities in your discipline while you are earning credits toward your degree.