Many students hope to pursue undergraduate research during their time at UW. But where and how to begin?

This course provides first-year students an opportunity to reflect and prepare for meaningful undergraduate research involvement across all disciplines.

Students will engage with advisers, faculty, alumni, and current students as they reflect on their research interests and learn how to seek out opportunities. Students will learn from researchers about the importance of getting involved, and how to make that happen.

Course Topics 
  • Why research matters

  • What does undergraduate research actually look like? 

  • Curiosity, Creativity, and Risk Taking in Research 

  • How to find research opportunities, types of programs

  • How to apply to research opportunities

  • Undergraduate Symposium 

  • How to work with faculty, the importance of mentorship 

  • Research Setting Field Trips 

  • Networking and Informational Interviews

  • Values and Goals Reflection 

Learning Outcomes
  • Develop a deeper understanding of research and why it is important 

  • Reflect on the purpose of high impact engagement and begin to map future involvement 

  • Examine goals, values, influences, and interests

  • Develop strategies for major/career exploration 

  • Start becoming a self directed learner