Every student’s path to undergraduate research is unique, but here are some basic guidelines for the steps you could take each year.
Introduce yourself to undergraduate research
Familiarize yourself with the research activities and resources on campus. Attend events, talk to student researchers, and think about what aspects of research interest you.
- Familiarize yourself with the LSU Libraries and their resources, such as online tutorials and meeting your subject librarian
- Attend LSU Discover Day and other undergraduate research events in your college or department
- Talk to student researchers
- Take introductory classes in your major
Develop your skills for undergraduate research
Build your skills and knowledge by taking workshops, classes, volunteering as a research assistant, and talking to faculty researchers.
- Attend LSU Discover Advanced Research Skills Workshops
- Take courses in your area of study that teach research methods. Ask your advisor for more information.
- Look for on-campus volunteer opportunities and work that can prepare you for research (such as lab work, volunteering on faculty research projects, or working for offices in your college)
- Research and apply for summer research and study programs in your field. Visit our Funding & Research Opportunities page for a list of possible programs.
- Let your instructors know that you are interested in undergraduate research.
Participating in undergraduate research
Research and find a mentor, continue taking workshops to hone skills, begin research. and, finally, present and publish research.
- Take independent study or research for credit courses. Ask your advisor for more information.
- Continue taking Advanced Research Skills Workshops or other trainings
- Meet with potential mentors (instructors, faculty, post-docs, or graduate students). Visit our Finding a Faculty Mentor page for tips on approaching a mentor, and our Mentor & Research Opportunity Database for opportunities at LSU.
- Finalize your research idea as well as your plan for conducting your research
- Speak to your faculty mentor to see if there are any additional steps you must take before beginning your research
Conducting and presenting undergraduate research
Continue to conduct research and hone skills, and finally, present and publish research.
- Apply to LSU Discover Day and other conferences after you start your own research project
- Apply to LSU Discover Scholars Awards
- Apply for an LSU Discover Travel Stipend to present your research at a conference or similar event
Visit our Other Resources page for more tips, tricks and resources to help you succeed in undergraduate research.