Why do research
Research requires a curious mind and a passion for knowledge. Our professors continually search for eager students who can commit their time and energy into research. Once you have decided on a particular topic:
Get information on your topic & learn to write grant proposals
- Do some preliminary research of your own.
- Write down questions you want answered.
- Search the internet for information about your topic.
- Ask a reference librarian to help you find some readings.
- Browse through the research stories of UMass Dartmouth students.
- Check out stategies for grant writing on important websites, such as the National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Research and Northwestern University's OUR.
- Attend OUR workshops & information sessions.
- Make an appointment at the Writing and Multiliteracy Center for writing tips on your grant proposals.
Find your mentor
- Check out the faculty on the UMassD website.
- Ask professors and department chairs - who is researching your topic right now?
- Contact professors to talk about opportunities.
An opportunity for in-depth study
Original research lets you:
- Solve problems in an area of your own interest.
- Make new discoveries and create new artifacts.
- Interact with research faculty outside of the classroom.
- Demonstrate your intellectual dedication and academic skills to:
- Future employers.
- Graduate programs.
- Internship directors
Other benefits include:
- Enhancement of the classroom experience.
- Improve time management
- Develop skills:
- Analytical ability
- Writing and communication
- Leadership and teamwork
- Exposure to the world.
- Attend local, national, and international conferences
- Present your discoveries in posters and talks
- Prepare your work for publication
- Develop websites to broadcast your findings