Find a student
So, you’ve got a project in mind and have decided to take on an undergraduate student. Now what? Where do you look for a student?
Undergraduate Research Portal
The URI hosts a centralized Undergraduate Research Portal in Moodle/Eclass, where you can post research opportunities (paid or unpaid, academic or co-curricular) for students. U of A undergraduate students from all disciplines can search this inventory, and interested students will contact you directly. The service is free to use, available 24/7, and is accessible to anyone with a valid U of A CCID.
From time to time, the URI will also highlight specific research opportunities in our e-newsletter, Facebook, and Twitter feeds.
"I love the URI portal! I got contacted by about >15 interested students. I think this a really great initiative both for undergraduate students who seek opportunities to broaden their knowledge, as well as for grad students to gain some supervising experience and a little extra help. I wish I had this portal when I was an undergraduate. :)"
~feedback from a graduate student
Other ways to connect with undergraduate students
In addition to the Undergraduate Research Portal, there are many other ways to advertise research opportunities for undergraduate students. Here are a few ideas:
- Make an announcement in your classes, or ask colleagues to announce the opportunity in their classes
- Circulate the opportunity within your department or faculty (e.g. via your undergraduate advisors)
- Post an opportunity on your own website or social media page (and share the opportunity on URI’s Facebook page or on Twitter @URIUofA)
- Attend informal networking events organized by student groups (e.g. “meet the prof” nights, panel discussions).
- Attend or volunteer at the Festival of Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities, or other research-related events.
- Talk to students you’ve worked with in the past and tap into their networks.