How to find research opportunities

Finding research opportunities on campus

Determine your interests.  Interested in environmental law?  Sustainable agriculture?  Think about your career goals and learn about research in those areas.  Remember, a lot of research incorporates skills and knowledge from a variety of fields so anticipate your research to be interdisciplinary.

Explore research projects that UMD faculty are working on.  Browse faculty and departmental webpages and read about their current projects.  Identify a handful of faculty members whose research interests you; speak to them about their work.  You can also consider talking to your graduate teaching assistants.

Chat with other students.  There are many students on campus who are doing (or have done) research, so talk to them to learn about their experiences and how they found them.

The Office of Undergraduate Research at UMD provides an opportunity for current students to connect with faculty members who are seeking student assistants.  The office manages a database (searchable by keyword) that links your interests to faculty members' webpages.  

Departmental Honors-in-ENSP gives ENSP students an opportunity to conduct their own (original) research, collect and analyze data, and discuss and write about it with like-minded others.  The research project will be conducted under the supervision of a faculty mentor, often within the student's area of concentration, and will result in an Honors thesis.

NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) REUs support active research participation by students in areas of research funded by the National science Foundation.  Plan as early as sophomore year to gain the prior research experiences expected.