Why Should I do a Research Project?
Depending on your department:
A senior research project (or thesis) could allow you to graduate with honors or you may need one to graduate at all.
You can receive college credit if you enroll in an independent study or research course (usually 500 or 700 courses).
Research experience is great on your resume and may even lead to a position offer for an internship, job, fellowship or grad school.
Present your research at a professional conference and at the
Spring Student Symposium.
Why wouldn't you want to explore your passion?
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Where do I find Research or Funding Opportunities?
A. Check with your mentor. They may have a grant or know of funding through their department that you could utilize.
C. Spend some time browsing. The WebGURU Guide for Undergraduate Research is a helpful introduction. Also try to find out who is doing research in your area of interest and look at association websites for professionals in that field.
How do I get Involved with Research at Middlebury?
Step 1: Identify an interest
Step 2: Find a faculty or staff member that shares your interest and can be a mentor to support and sponsor you during the project.
Step 3: Work with your mentor to develop a project that is feasible for your time frame, abilities, and resources.
Step 4: Try to identify opportunities such as grants, awards, scholarships, fellowships or internships that might help you directly or indirectly with your project goals.
Step 5: Develop a detailed project plan, including goals, steps, timeline, budget and purpose (okay, that is probably several steps worth).
Step 6: Have fun! This is a chance to investigate what you want.
Research has been identified as one of the top successful practices students can participate in during higher education. The in-depth study and implementation of a research project develops advanced skills that will translate beyond college.
Whatever you choose to do after Middlebury, a research experience will enhance your skill set as well as your resume.
Undergraduate Research staff can help you at any stage in this process. Call, email, or stop by the CTLR and we will do our best to help.