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Whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student, engaging in research on or off campus can provide you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge beyond the traditional classroom setting and launch your career in academia, service or industry 

Benefits of Research

  • Network

    Develop connections with faculty and independent scholars

  • Discover Interests

    Define your academic, career or personal interests

  • Learn about your field

    Learn about issues, methods and leaders in your chosen field while honing your critical thinking skills

  • Grow your field

    Contribute to the growth of knowledge in your field

  • Learn balance

    Balance individual and collaborative work

  • Prepare for future ventures

    If you are an undergraduate student, prepare for the rigor of grad school

Get Involved

As a student, there are both credit and non-credit research options. 

Take a Research Course: These types of courses are available at the undergraduate and graduate level. Search your course catalog for more info. For a listing of undergraduate research courses, you can also check out Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) Courses or Undergraduate research courses for credit page 

Connect with Faculty: Be proactive and approach a faculty member that is conducting research that aligns with your interest and offer your assistance. To identify faculty research topics read their Curriculum Vitae (CV) and their areas of focus on your department’s website.  

Steps to Make Contact with Faculty (source: American Psychological Association) 

  • Go during office hours.  
  • Bring a CV or resume.  
  • Begin with small talk. 
  • Express interest in his/her research.  
  • Manifest positive nonverbal behaviors.  
  • Ask explicitly to serve as an Research Assistant  
  • Explain why you qualify for the position. 
  • Ask for decision date. 
  • Thank the professor for his/her time. 
  • Have a backup plan. 

Getting Involved in Research Programs: The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences has listed a number of UF research programs that you can check out hereYou can also consider summer programs 

Center for Undergraduate Research

Consider off campus opportunities: Use the following link to identify various institutions and organizations that offer research opportunities beyond the UF campus: 

Pathways to Science DatabaseNational Science FoundationCenter for Undergraduate ResearchDepartment of Energy Scholars Program

Did You Know

According to NACE, Employers desire candidates that have skills such as communication, problem-solving, ability to work in a team, analytical/quantitative skills, and show initiative, among others. All of these can be honed through a research opportunity.  

There are more than 10,000 open research projects across UF  

Approximately 2500 UF undergraduate students register for research credits each year 

Ways to Market Your Research Experience

Research opportunities help you develop as a critical, analytical and independent thinker while effectively contributing to a field of interest. Other than getting your work published in an academic journal and presenting at symposiums or poster sessions, consider the following platforms to display your research interests to the larger community: 

Research Job Boards & Scholarship Listings