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Think Like a Researcher

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engage in real research and creative projects -- from a scientific lab, to conducting survey research, to researching historical documents in an Archive, to choreographing a new work.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 is closed

We will be offering it this again in January 2022. If you are interested in getting an email when spring registration opens please complete this short form.

Don't want to wait until January? Not sure where to get started? 

Schedule a 30 minute online meeting 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: Oct 2, 2021 11:36 AM