Find a Mentor

Establishing a good working relationship with a faculty member is a key element in a successful research project. Your goal is to find a faculty member whose research is a match with your interests and abilities. This can take time but is well worth the effort. Keep a positive attitude and be persistent. While finding a faculty mentor can be challenging, here are some suggestions that can help you with this process.

Look on Departmental Websites

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Look on different departmental (major/minor/program) websites for lists of faculty members, their research interests, and their recent publications. 

Search the U of M Experts Database

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Search through the University of Minnesota Experts database for a mentor doing research in your interest area.

Talk to Professors and Grad Students

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Ask your faculty advisor, your professors, or a teaching assistant/grad student for suggestions of faculty members who may be doing research in your interest area.

Connect with Your Director of Undergraduate Studies

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Contact the UROP Coordinator for the college where you would like to do your research.

Talk to the
OUR Staff

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The Office of Undergraduate Research office maintains a database with a list of all the faculty members who have sponsored research projects in the past.

How to Approach a
Faculty Member

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Talking to faculty can sometimes be intimidating. We've created some tips, recommendations, and a sample email to send a faculty member to initiate a conversation about research.