Learn How to Leverage Your Research






"Many people will decide that research is not for them; however, you can’t know that unless you try it. Undergraduate research opportunities are a great way to see what kind of jobs are right for you and if you really do want to go to graduate school or not. There are usually many on-campus opportunities for undergraduates to get involved in research projects, as professors have their own research and welcome assistance. Research is a skill that can be developed just like any other, and it is easier to do so under the guidance of another person.

Research experience at the undergraduate level is generally very impressive and desirable in a variety of fields. It can show your dedication and depth in a certain topic to an application committee and can be a concrete example for a job recruiter that you have been able to use your skills in a practical way to yield a tangible result." (Taken from 9 Ways to Make the Most of Your Undergraduate Career by Jenny Han Simon)

The videos below are designed to help students explore different research opportunities, how to get started in research, and how research helps in the path toward health professions and graduate school.

Videos - Getting Involved in Research and Beyond

'Research Scholarship Opportunity: NSF GRFP' 

 NSF GRFP awards over $100,000 to future leaders in science and engineering who are pursuing research-based masters and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and in STEM education. Come learn how to prepare for this award.

'Research Opportunities and Tracks within Health Professions Programs'

Charlie Scruggs from the Health Professions Advising Center will discuss how to research graduate health professions programs and also gain a better understanding of how some (MD/DO, DDS, DVM, Ph.D., etc.) degree programs are structured to allow students to incorporate learning across academic, clinical and research experiences.

Student Presentation: 'How to Get Involved in Research'

Presented by: UCR students Vicente Robles and Bryce Dayap

Learn how to connect to research and what to expect as a first-time researcher. 

'Getting Started in Research: First-Gen Students Share Their Story'

Join several first-generation undergraduates as they share their stories about working up the courage to talk to a professor, email asking if there are research roles, and chatting up faculty during office hours to find opportunities to get undergraduate research experience.

Student Presenters: Marco Bravo, Hailey Levi, and Tyler Smith

'Research Opportunities Abroad'

Learn about research abroad opportunities through the UCR Faculty-Led Education Abroad Program (FLEAP)! Student panelists from FLEAP 2019 will share their research abroad experience, and staff from the UCR Education Abroad Office will share how to get started.

'Funding your Graduate Studies'

Presented by: UCLA Graduate Division, Cherie Francis, Fellowship Services Coordinator

There’s money out there for your graduate studies, whether for a master’s, professional master’s, or doctoral degree. You just need to know when, how, and where to apply. This presentation offers you tips and resources to begin your search.

 'Research Scholarship Opportunities: Fulbright Scholars'

Fulbright offers fully-funded opportunities to teach English, research, or study in over 160 countries. Come learn how to prepare for this award opportunity.

'Personal Statement Workshop'

Presenters: Health Professions Advising Center and Jennifer Kavetsky from the ARC.

This workshop is designed to help you understand the Personal Statement writing process and how to brainstorm and craft a statement that best represents you.