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engage in real research and creative projects -- from a scientific lab, to conducting survey research, to researching historical documents in an Archive, to choreographing a new work.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 May 2022

Register to be part of the May 2022 session. After you register, we will share a link to a mini-Canvas course. You can complete the mini-course on your own timeline (about 2-3 hours of work) featuring videos, short activities (e.g. find a past project, find a potential faculty mentor, learn tips to communicate with faculty, etc.) and discussion posts. There will be an optional zoom Q&A session, too. *If* you would like to receive a Certificate of completion, plan to go through the materials and complete all the discussion posts by Monday, June 6, 2022.

If you are interested in registering for the September 2022 session, complete this short form

Help is available at any time to help get started with undergraduate research

  • 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.
  • The Office of Undergraduate Research has drop-in hours or you can make an appointment to talk with staff or students about getting involved in research and to discuss the UROP programs in more detail.

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 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: May 6, 2022 4:11 PM