Undergraduate Research

It starts with your curiosity.

 Even before you have declared a major, you can begin to explore intriguing fields through research on campus. Find out what sparks your interest by engaging in a variety of experiences.

From studying the intricacies of storytelling to mapping coiled structures of bacteria in biochemistry, undergraduate research will allow you to delve deeply into your interests while developing skills that will take you far post-graduation. You can pursue answers to questions you find compelling while training your perseverance, communication, analysis, and inquiry skills. 


How to start your undergraduate research experience

Find your area of interest, and explore an abundance of research opportunities throughout campus from Integrated Freshman Learning Experience, Science, Technology, and Research Scholars (STARS), Women in STEM, and IU Journal of Undergraduate Research,  which sparks a culture of curiosity through an annual, student-run, faculty-mentored undergraduate research publication for Indiana University.

Also, you can contact a faculty member who is conducting research in an area that interests you. Talk to your adviser to learn about opportunities specific to your program and check out OVPUE sponsored Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) such as CEWiT and Sustainability REUs. 


NSF REU recipient Michaela Breach receives hands-on experience through animal behavior lab.