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Recommendations for Students Interested in Research

Recommendations for Students Interested in Research

Why consider research?

As a new student at Case Western Reserve University, you have joined a research-intensive community with a historic tradition of involving undergraduates in research and creative endeavors. Regardless of your major or academic interests, there are numerous opportunities to engage in research either on campus with CWRU faculty or elsewhere during the summer. Although a few students may have already participated in research through summer programs at a local university or in private industry, many of you may not have even considered engaging in such opportunities during your undergraduate career. Regardless of your past experience, there are a number of reasons why you should consider becoming involved in research endeavors during your undergraduate experience and it is never too early to begin exploring opportunities.

Participation in undergraduate research and creative endeavors offers you the opportunity to connect with the academic community at levels the classroom experience does not provide. Engaging in research will allow you to create mentoring relationships with individual faculty members and can be the gateway to developing a professional network that will open up opportunities for you whether you continue in graduate and professional studies or enter the workforce. Research projects also allow you to integrate academic theories learned in the classroom with practical experiences at a deeper and more meaningful level. In addition, these endeavors can enhance valuable workplace skills such as verbal and written communication, teamwork, and adaptability. Finally, participating in research at the undergraduate level is an excellent way to distinguish yourself when it comes time to apply for graduate and professional schools.

Beginning the search for opportunities

The SOURCE (Support of Undergraduate Research & Creative Endeavors) Office is the place to start your exploration of the numerous on and off-campus opportunities for undergraduate research that are available. Be sure to visit SOURCE’s website in order to learn more about the variety of opportunities that might be available in your academic area of interest. Consider registering for the four-part Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Seminar Series that is offered in the fall and spring semesters. Students who attend all four sessions receive a Certificate of Completion. During the fall semester, plan to attend one of the many information sessions that will be conducted by SOURCE to provide you with additional information on the process of becoming involved. Be sure to check the Upperclass Newsletter that you will receive on a weekly basis for times and locations of information sessions throughout the fall semester. Once you have reviewed the information from the website and attended an information session, you will want to make an appointment with Dr. Sheila Pedigo, Director of SOURCE, to discuss what opportunities will best fit your goals and schedule. You can reach the SOURCE office at 216.368.2180 or source@case.edu.