Research

We can help you navigate the undergraduate research experience, beginning with understanding what it means, as well as help you take the work you have already done and advance to the next level.

What is undergraduate research? Why do so many people talk about it? Is it worth my time?

Browse the Understanding Research section to learn what it is, the benefits of getting involved, and when to get involved.

What do I need to know to know when looking for a research opportunity?

First, study the Finding an Opportunity section to learn how to identify your interests in research areas, who mentors are and what their role is in your research experience, as well as what to do if you are interested in changing projects or mentors. Afterward, check out the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Database to find mentors across the Penn State system or refer to the Finding an Opportunity Outside of Penn State section to learn what opportunities exist beyond Penn State.

How will my time be compensated if I do undergraduate research?

Undergraduate research can take many forms. Visit the Funding an Experience section to learn more.

Is there funding so I can conduct my own research?

Yes! Students from all campuses and areas of study are encouraged to apply for an Erickson Discovery Grant to receive funding to work on their very own research project or creative activity over the summer.

Looking for an opportunity to join the scholarly conversation and present your work?

Penn State's annual Undergraduate Exhibition at the University Park campus communicates and celebrates the participation of undergraduate students in scholarly inquiry, research, and creative endeavors. Students from all campuses and all areas of study are encouraged to participate.

Looking for travel funding to present or perform at a conference?

Visit the Undergraduate Research Conference Travel Support section to see whether you qualify to apply for funding.

Want to take your undergraduate experience to the next level?

Whether you are new to research and looking to prepare for your first research experience or you are already involved and hoping to refine your skills, browse the Strengthening Your Skills section to learn how you can elevate your undergraduate research experience.

Interested in promoting undergraduate research at your campus?

Apply for the Undergraduate Research Ambassadors Program. Undergraduates who have participated in undergraduate research for at least two semesters OR one full summer will have the opportunity to share their experience by serving on student panels, visiting classrooms and student organizations, and more.

Looking for other support or guidance?

Be sure to review the Getting Help section for additional resources related to research, funding, and presentation opportunities.