Think like a Researcher is designed to help undergraduate students become comfortable with the research skills and tools needed to get started.

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Students doing research.

Research (like everything) continues to look different due to Covid-19 but it hasn't stopped. Our faculty have been creative and students researchers have risen to the challenges. The University of Minnesota has unparalleled opportunities for undergraduate students to engage in real research and creative projects -- from a scientific lab, to conducting survey research, to researching historical documents in an Archive, to choreographing a new work. These require students take their skills to the next level. Do you want to learn more about how to get started?

Think like a Researcher is designed to help undergraduate students become comfortable with the research skills and tools needed to participate. It is designed to bring students, especially first year and second year students, from different colleges together to learn. Topics include benefits and challenges of research, finding faculty mentors, videos with advice from student researchers, examples of student projects and more. Learn about the wide variety of ways to get started with research including volunteer, taking a course, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), Undergraduate Research Scholarship (URS), summer research and more. Learn more about the Office for Undergraduate Research and the University Libraries.

Register for Fall 2021

Registration is open for “Think Like a Researcher” for Fall 2021. Please complete our short registration form and we will send more information via email. Once you register we will send updates with next steps and important dates. 

For Fall 2021, Think Like a Researcher will be offered in two ways:
1.) Online in Canvas with a mix of videos, short activities and an optional synchronous online Q&A session (in total it will take about 2-3 hours to complete on your own timeline) OR
2.) In-Person with a a 90 minute workshop on Friday, October 8 (time: to be determined). Once you register, we will send you updates with next steps.

Quotes from past student participants:

  • "It's quite helpful for learning about the basics of how research works."
  • "It was definitely worthwhile. Dense package of useful info."
  • "It provided an easy manner for me to feel like I have one foot in the door already."
  • "Very clear guide to take a first step for research"

Not able to be part? Not sure where to get started? 

In Fall, meet with a Peer Research Consultant (PRC). Make an appointment with a fellow student to demystify getting started with faculty-sponsored research. They can help you figure out how to get started with research, go over deadlines and next steps, and answer questions.


If you have any questions, please contact Kate Peterson,, 612-626-3746.

Additional contacts:
Vicky Munro, Office of Undergraduate Research (
Heidi Fahning, Office of Undergraduate Research (
Caitlin Bakker, Health Sciences Librarian, (
Kat Nelsen, Social Sciences Librarian (
Allison Langham-Pultrow, Scholarly Communication and Engineering Librarian (
Meghan Lafferty, Chemistry Librarian (
Wanda Marsolek, Engineering Librarian (


Tip: Subscribe to the new Undergraduate Research Newsletter
Are you interested in or involved in research on campus? The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) has a monthly email newsletter (sign up to subscribe) that features opportunities, announcements, and upcoming deadlines for the undergraduate research programs in OUR.

Last Updated: Aug 2, 2021 11:31 AM