Ways to Participate in Research
There are several ways that you can go about participating in undergraduate research. Please review the information below to see what would be the best fit for you.
Research for Credit
The Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO) provides the opportunity for students to receive honors course credit for participating in faculty supervised research. There is no minimum GPA or Honors Program status required to participate in CURO. Students interested in receiving course credit should review CURO’s information here and complete the research course application with their faculty mentor (see below about finding a research opportunity and faculty mentor).
Applications are due to 203 Moore College by the third day of drop/add during the semester for which the student is applying.
All students enrolled in CURO are strongly encouraged to participate in the CURO Spring Symposium and the Spring UGA Engineering Research Symposium. Examples of CURO projects completed through Dr. Chi Thai’s lab can be found here.
A limited number of assistantships may be available each year through the College from CURO. The Director of Experiential Programs will distribute the Assistantship Application via the UGA Engineering Listserv. Applications are accepted and awarded competitively by the College during the fall semester based on the following time line:
- Assistantship Applications are due to the Office of Experiential Programs (Coverdell, 132B) by October 1st
- Awards of Assistantships are made by October 15th
- All CURO assistantship students must participate in the CURO Spring Symposium and the Spring UGA Engineering Research Symposium.
The University of Georgia’s employment site provides postings of temporary laboratory helper and research assistant positions which are typically paid by the hour. To review these postings go to ugajobsearch.com and select Search Temporary Postings.
Research Without Credit
Some students are not interested in receiving course credit and do not receive funding for research. In this case, students are still able to participate in undergraduate research. This experience will not only provide valuable skill development but will also be an excellent addition to a résumé.
Students participating in research that are not enrolled in a research course are welcome to participate in the Spring UGA Engineering Research Symposium.