Ways to get involved in research
Research is the heart of any study of science, and it's a great chance to get your hands dirty and pursue a subject in depth. The EPS department encourages all majors to participate in research, and the opportunities for undergraduate research are numerous. The level of commitment and involvement is up to you:
- Work part-time in a lab during the school year
- Conduct an independent summer research project through the Sustainability and Earth Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SESUR)
- Conduct quarter-long to year-long independent research projects
- Conduct research for a Senior Honors Project
The best way to get involved is to talk to faculty — maybe someone taught an interesting seminar and you want to pursue some outstanding questions, or perhaps you are interested in their field of expertise. Often, faculty members have ongoing projects you can join, or you can work with one of their graduate students. Perhaps you and a faculty member can carve out a new project for you to do. The possibilities are endless — you just need to start asking.
How to get started
- Check out information about research areas in EPS and look at recent research projects.
- Talk to a faculty member whose research interests you.
- Discuss funding options with your advisor, and perhaps apply for funding.
Lots of additional (and very helpful) information about undergraduate research at Stanford is available from Stanford's Undergraduate Advising and Research.
Funding Your Research
There are generally three possibilities for acquiring funding to perform research. You should discuss funding early on in the process with your research advisor. We can look at the possibilities in a little bit more detail. These are:
Undergraduate Research Programs (URP)
Stanford's URP offers several types of grants for undergraduate research. The amount of support ranges from $500 to $5000, deadlines occur throughout the year. The URP offers abundant helpful advice about writing grant proposals at their website.
EPS Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship
Every year since 2002, the department has received funds from the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE) for Summer Research Fellowships. Students interested in pursuing summer research then apply directly to the EPS department for these funds, which provide up to $5000 for a ten-week summer stipend. Look for a Call for Proposals towards the beginning of winter quarter.
Funding Through Your Advisor
Your advisor may have funds available for you through one of their research grants. Ask you advisor about this possibility early on--don't assume that they will have funding for you.