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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Undergraduate Research Center

Getting Involved

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/urc/gettinginvolved/gettingstarted.html

Attend the Getting Started Workshop to help begin your journey to undergraduate research, scholarly, and creative activity.

This event is not required, but a helpful resource for students new to the process. The workshop will be available twice and last 1 hour, so choose which best fits your schedule!

  • September 4 at 10am in CSU 253/4/5
  • September 5 at 2pm in CSU 201

If you are unable to attend, you can view the PowerPoint from the workshop [PDF] here (68 KiB).

Consult the [PDF] URC Brochure (9 MiB) for an overview of the URC.

Start by searching for opportunities with faculty members who are looking for undergraduate research assistants. In many cases, this step requires that you actively seek the advice of others. For example:

  • Ask your faculty advisor for suggested faculty mentors that are doing research in your area of interest.
  • Ask other students who are participating in research who they work with and to describe their research experience.
  • Ask your class instructors for suggestions.
  • Look at university websites that list faculty research interests. Attend campus seminars to become familiar with areas of research.
  • Talk with your professors!
See current research positions here or past mentors who have led undergraduate research here.

Funding is available for student research and creative activity, but it is not required in order to present your project. Grant Writing Workshops are available to assist you in this process. The workshop will be present twice and last 1 hour, so choose which best fits your schedule!
  • September 18 at 10am in CSU 253/4/5
  • September 19 at 2pm in CSU 201
Fall Grants are due October 11 at 12pm. Signed applications must be submitted to the URC (MH 265) and proposals must be submitted electronically to urc@mnsu.edu.

If you receive funding, you are required to present your project at the Undergraduate Research Symposium in April. However, funding is not required in order to present.

More information about funding can be found here

There are many opportunities to present your work at various conferences and meetings including, but not limited to:
Please visit each conference’s page for application requirements and deadlines.

Students who presented at the Undergraduate Research Symposium have the opportunity to submit their presentation to the online archive called the Proceedings.
 
Students can submit papers and reports to the Journal of Undergraduate Research (JUR) which is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed online journal published annually. 

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