Prince:Applying for a Research Position
Undergraduates have the distinct opportunity to participate in meaningful research at BYU, and it can be wonderful or painful depending on how good a fit you are for the research position.
How to go about securing a research position:
- Learn about some professors and their research
- Ask some students in the lab what they work on.
- Read the professor's web site.
- Read/skim some papers from the lab.
- Does the lab have good funding (if you are very interested in paid positions)?
- Does this topic area interest me?
- Are these the kinds of skills I'd like to develop?
- Perhaps talk directly with the professor about their research.
- Make your case to the professor (in writing and in person) that you would like to join the lab
- What skills do I have or am I developing? [If you have substantial skills, you can probably get a paid position from the beginning] How will these benefit the lab? Do I have a unique skill or perspective?
- How much do I know about this professor's research? Why do I want to work for them?
- Am I willing to volunteer for a time until I gain some skills?
- How motivated am I?
- How will this research help me achieve my long-term goals?
- Can I do research for class credit?
- Is there a project I'm already interested in? Can I get funding for it? (ORCA, Undergraduate Research Awards)
- Do I have a resume prepared?