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engage in real research and creative projects -- from a scientific lab, to conducting survey research, to researching historical documents in an Archive, to choreographing a new work.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

Registration is open for “Think Like a Researcher” for Spring 2022. 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 Spring 2022, Think Like a Researcher will be offered as:

An online mini-Canvas course with a mix of videos and short activities. We will host optional synchronous online panels and Q&A sessions. In total it will take about 2-3 hours to complete on your own timeline. Optional: *If* you would like to receive a certificate of completion -- go through the mini-Canvas and complete all topic discussion posts by Monday, February 21, 2022.

Not interested in workshop but want to know how 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 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: Jan 5, 2022 12:21 PM