Preparing for Undergraduate Research

We are pleased you are interested in participating in undergraduate research experience at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Advantages of an Undergraduate Research Experience

Research experience is valuable because it promotes:

Take a few minutes to browse this website, and think about what you might do and how you might become involved in undergraduate research opportunities at VCU.

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Preparing Yourself for Undergraduate Research

Before undertaking an undergraduate research project, there are a few steps you should take.Define your interests

Explore undergraduate research opportunities Plan a talk with your advisor Pause for a moment before contacting faculty Be realistic Be professional Be persistent (but not a nuisance) Be prepared

Please recognize that research experience in many areas is highly sought after, and available positions in your area of interest may be limited, so be well prepared for seeking a position.

Before you contact someone about a research opportunity you may want to put together the following information to provide to them:

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Schedule a Meeting with Your VCU Undergraduate Research Coordinator

VCU UROP Summer Fellowship Awardess 2011 [View Image]

The awardees for the VCU UROP Summer Fellowship in 2011 were presented during the Poster Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creativity, part of VCU Research Week 2011. From far left: Jared Boyd, Yeimarie Lopez, Jason Phillips, Aruna Anbazhagan, Ilijana Soldan, Jonathan Fletcher, Herb Hill (UROP Coordinator), Brendan Elliot, and Tim Fiore. Not pictured: Mary Gallagher, Victoria Hribar, Theresa Painter, Laura Peters, Mary Reck, Royena Tanaz, Tobias Wilbur.

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