Content Skip to content.
San Diego State University

National Scholarships and Fellowships

Undergraduate Research Opportunities at SDSU

 


Undergraduates participate in the world-class cross-disciplinary research, both creative and scientific, conducted at the San Diego State University (SDSU). Since 2000, SDSU faculty and staff researchers have been awarded more than $1.5 billion in external funding. This provides an abundance of opportunities for research mentors to gain from the students’ hard work, energy, curiosity, and fresh perspectives. Students engaged in mentored research experiences benefit both academically and through career exploration as they engage in the pursuit of knowledge.  In addition, the creativity, curiosity, focus, diligence, verbal and written fluency, and respect for others’ contributions that are necessary to thrive as an undergraduate researcher are critical precursors for understanding and engaging with modern cultural and academic challenges.


 

Preparing for Undergraduate Research

 

To get involved in Undergraduate Research, be well prepared. The following suggestions apply to all students interested in participating in faculty mentored research experiences.

Visit Professor Office Hours

  • Go to office hours regularly to ask questions about your class or your instructor's research and/or career path.
  • Build relationships with faculty to learn about opportunities. If you apply for other research opportunities, scholarships/fellowships and future graduate programs, you will need strong letters of recommendation


Read Department Websites and Faculty Bios

  • Find professors who are doing research that interests you and talk to them now.  
  • Look at department webpages to learn about professors’ research topics.
  • Email the professors or go to office hours to ask about their research and what they look for in an undergraduate research assistant.
  • For a sample professional email, click here


Get Good Grades

  • Some faculty require students to have a minimum GPA.
  • Utilize the free Writing Center in Love Library
  • See your Assistant Dean in your college/division to learn about academic enrichment programs and other support 



Student Interest Form - Undegraduate Research Engagement

 


Please complete this on-line student interest form below if you are interested in engaging in undergraduate research on or off campus.

Please join our National Scholarships and Fellowships list-serve to get information on research scholarships and fellowships at: http://goo.gl/ChUSC5





Connect to Research Opportunities

Click here to learn how you can engage in undergraduate research opportunities,
and connect to summer research internships

Introduction to Summer Research Opportunities


Attend an information session:

GMCS 327
Tuesday, November 1 (12:30 - 1:30 pm)  PSFA 413
Wed, November 2 (12:00 pm - 12:50 pm) Physics 145
Thursday, November 3 (12:30 pm - 1:30 pm) AD223


Registration

http://goo.gl/InAKJM





National Scholarships and Fellowships

National Scholarships and Fellowships
Division of Undergraduate Studies
Michelle Lopez, Assistant Dean
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive,
San Diego, CA 92182-1623
Phone: (619) 594-2871
Fax: (619) 594-7934