Find a topic: think about what you are interested in, what you want to learn more about, and what your existing skills are.
Find a mentor: talk to your undergraduate advisor, a professor, or a graduate student about your interests, departmental opportunities, and faculty/student projects and supervisors.
Professors and graduate students often welcome the assistance of undergraduate volunteers on their projects. Volunteering is a great way to learn some skills that might get you a paid research assistant position later on.
Talk to a professor about taking an independent research course with him/her on a subject of interest. Almost every department on campus offers one or more.
Take advantage of internships advertised in your department or college.
Take advantage of opportunities offered by research centers on campus.
Participate in the University Honors Program and/or departmental honors courses.
It's discovering new knowledge and interpretations in your field of special interest.
It's finding answers to tough questions and solutions to irksome problems.
It's happening all over this campus, every day and in every department and college.
It's the ultimate exciting, challenging, hands-on learning experience.
Because it allows you to know your professors better and work with experts in your field.
Because it gives you a valuable heads-up for graduate-level study.
Because it helps you learn more about your chosen field and its opportunities.
Because it helps you make decisions about your future education and career.
Because it looks great on your resume.
Because it teaches you critical thinking skills valuable in any job.
Because it's more fun to learn by doing.
Because you'll learn more about the newest methods and technologies.
Because you're contributing new knowledge about our world.
Because you're curious ... about nature, society, and artistic expression.
Because you're motivated and genuinely excited by your studies.