One of the benefits of attending a research university is that professors are engaged in cutting-edge research. By working with professors, you can develop your own research project that dovetails with a larger research program.
Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)
In the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP), students apply for funding in a competitive process with the support of a faculty advisor. Competitions are held twice in the academic year. By working on a UROP project, students develop a close working relationship with a faculty member. Students obtain experience working out a doable project, carrying out the research, obtaining useful results, and presenting results in writing. View more information about the University's Office of Undergraduate Research and the UROP program at UROP, including a list of successful proposals and application deadlines. Information about the college's programs on undergraduate research are found here.
Directed Study and Directed Research Courses
You can earn credit by working in a lab or field setting under a faculty member’s guidance. Before signing up for APEC 3993 (Directed Study in Applied Economics) or APEC 3995 (Directed Research in Applied Economics), speak with your advisor to find out how the project credits will fit into your program of study, how to find a faculty member who is willing to serve as your mentor in the project, and how to register for the course.