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Undergraduate Program

Finding a Research Mentor

The key to finding a mentor is networking with faculty who work in your area of interest and who will agree to take you on as a student researcher in their lab. Research mentors can be found in departments on the River Campus and at the Medical Center.

If you intend to use the research for the biological sciences independent research course or apply for the de Kiewiet Research Fellowship, the research must be within the biological sciences and non-clinical in nature. In addition, the research mentor must be a member of the University’s teaching faculty.

Undergraduates should build in plenty of time to find a research mentor before planning an independent research course or applying for the de Kiewiet Fellowship.

Tips on getting started:

  • Connect with faculty in the courses you most enjoyed
  • Consult with your major advisor
  • Network with peers who are already doing research
  • Reach out to the faculty who conduct research within your area of interest

Below are links to a few of the departments with faculty labs who have taken in undergraduate researchers in the past.

Other URMC departments and centers