First Steps

Getting started

Interested in research or creative inquiry but don't  know where to start? Here are some ways you can get involved no matter what your experience:

Start attending undergraduate research events, such as:

Explore research opportunities at IU.  

Get involved in research-related clubs, like:

  • IU Journal of Undergraduate Research (IUJUR)
  • Clubs within your field of study

Start going to research talks in your areas of interest.

  • Look for flyers, pay attention to your email, and talk with professors or graduate students in your field.

Stay connected.

Interested in working with a professor?

Regardless of your field of study, here are some general tips:

  • Make a great first impression in class.
  • Talk with professors about their research if you find their work interesting. Don't be intimidated. Professors love talking about their research! Just make sure to do your homework in advance and arrive prepared with a few questions.
  • Ask if they have opportunities for undergraduates to work with them.
  • Especially in fields that conduct laboratory research, look for posted research assistantships.