Getting started with Undergraduate Research
Excited about the "Social network" or "Artificial Intelligence" or curious about what a "Beautiful Mind" is thinking? Please come and join us with various interesting, cutting-edge projects in Mathematics and Computer Sciences. Here are some steps to get you started:
- Find research mentors: This is a very critical step. If you are excited to know more about a mathematical or a computer science topic, or have a problem that you need to solve, or simply just want to know more about an interesting area that you have just heard in the news, please try to find a faculty whose research interests closely matches with the topic you are interested in. Please check existing projects to find out more about diverse research interests of our faculty.
- Contact your reearch mentors: Talk to your professor before or after class and inform him/her of your area of interest. Don’t worry if you don’t have a class with the professor; just contact them via email, which is probably the most efficient method.
- Finalize a proposal: You’ll have the opportunity to work with your research mentor(s) to finalize the research and/or independent study proposals. If your study needs a budget, you’ll also have an opportunity to go through the process of writing a research grant. Upon approval, you can use the budget to buy necessary materials for your research.
- Working on your research: This process plays a very important role in a successful research. Persistence and time magement is the key in this process. You are looking at working about 5-10 hours a week by yourself under the supervision of your research mentor. You will likely have weekly/bi-weekly meetings with your mentors. For research in Mathematical and Computer Sciences, chances are you will need to learn some materials that have not taught in a regular course in order to conduct your research.