Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of our most frequently asked questions about undergraduate research.
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james kaczmarek in the lab working with engineering a contact lens
James Kaczmarek, a 2012-2013 undergraduate research fellow, researching controlled release of an anti-inflammatory drug from a silicone hydrogel contact lens.

Absolutely not! You can start research as early as your freshman year. Start approaching professors asking if you can assist in their labs or on their projects - you might start by washing labware or researching articles, but you'll learn how to research early and make valuable connections with possible research mentors.

Take a look at the list of research courses if you want to learn more about research techniques in a classroom setting.

There are plenty of ways to get involved in research on Auburn University's campus. First, subscribe to our newsletter to stay updated about research opportunities and events. You can also take a research course, reach out to your professors and peers to find a research project, join SGA's Undergraduate Research Board, attend a research event, or apply to become an undergraduate research fellow.

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The summers between your years at Auburn University are a perfect time to get more research experience. We keep a list of external opportunities on our website, many of which are summer research fellowships. You can also search for a project in any discipline yourself by visiting the National Science Foundation undergraduate research opportunities site or the Oak Ridge Associated Universities undergraduate research site. Let us know if you need any help!

A personal statement is an essay that talks about your research interests and about you as an applicant. Think of it as a personal essay - the personal statement is intended to give the admissions committee an idea of you as a person, as well inform them of your interests and goals. The Office of Undergraduate Research has plenty of resources for aspiring and current undergraduate researchers. We can help you write a personal statement, design a research poster, prepare for a presentation, and more.

Check out the resources page for more help!

Yes, you can. Keep in mind that not all research projects are paid - especially if you are just beginning undergraduate research or assisting a professor with their project. However, there are plenty of opportunities for funding. Many external research opportunities are research fellowships that include stipends. You can also apply to be an Auburn University undergraduate research fellow, which includes a stipend for research.

Learn more about the fellowship program here.

Last Updated: August 13, 2015