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As the centralized office for undergraduate research on the CWRU campus, SOURCE can help you in your roles as advisers and as researchers.

Advising Undergraduate Students about Research

Do you have advisees or students who are interested in engaging in research? CWRU offers various opportunities and resources to undergraduates who want to participate in research both during the academic year and the summer. Below is a checklist to help you advise students who wish to participate in research. Please feel free to refer them to the SOURCE office, as well.

  • Walk them through the “First Steps” section of the SOURCE website, which lists several ways to identify research opportunities on campus.

  • Encourage them to attend one of SOURCE’s educational seminars on how to find and apply for research opportunities.

  • If they are interested in pursuing research full-time during summer, SOURCE’s website has a list of both on-campus and off-campus opportunities which they can explore.

  • SOURCE provides funding for a variety of full-time projects during summer. Deadlines are early in the spring semester (February for STEM projects and the Friday before Spring Break for all other projects). Faculty who wish to mentor a student should submit a faculty sponsor form (to the right) to the SOURCE Office by the applicable deadline.

  • If you have a student who has been doing research (either on one of your projects or their own independent project) and are looking for an opportunity to present their work, Intersections: SOURCE Symposium and Poster Session, is an excellent outlet. Held on campus three times a year, this event brings together undergraduates from across the university to share their work with the community.

Your Own Research

Interested in recruiting undergraduate students to assist in your research? Wondering what programs and funding CWRU has in place for undergraduate research? SOURCE is here to assist you and your (current or potential) undergraduate student researchers. Specifically, we can help with:

  • Recruitment: List your research and creative endeavor opportunities on our Opportunity List.  Email and request the Research Opportunity form.   Please complete it and return it to  

  • Funding: We can work with your student researcher to identify and apply for appropriate sources of funding for academic-year or summer programs. We also administer our own competitive awards. Faculty who wish to mentor a student should submit the faculty sponsor form (to the right) to the SOURCE Office by the applicable deadline.

  • Research Presentation: Three times a year, SOURCE organizes Intersections, a campus-wide symposium and poster session that provides opportunities for your undergraduate researcher to present his/her findings in a professional yet celebratory environment. Learn more about Intersections, including guidelines, resources and deadlines. 

  • Advertisement: We disseminate “success stories” both through our website and by submitting stories to The Daily (CWRU informational e-mail).

  • Mentor Training: Developing an effective mentoring relationship is crucial to student learning in undergraduate research.  Effective mentoring involves specific skills and techniques. SOURCE can provide resources for new and current faculty, graduate students and post-doctoral scholars to discuss research-based approaches to make mentoring the best it can be both for you and for your student researchers.