To get started, first narrow down your own research
or creative project interests. Think about the courses you have
taken and the subjects that interest you. To find out about faculty
research interests, visit their profilesavailable under
school and departmental Web sites, or by accessing the UCI Faculty
and searching by their name. Talking to Teaching Assistants might
also help you to get an idea of faculty interests. Browse through
scholarly journals to see if any of the articles spark your interest.
Graduate course listings let you know what areas are currently
being taught, which could be a potential subject of interest for
you. Look through our compilation of on-campus
, which have been submitted by UCI faculty.
This list is not inclusive; we recommend that you still review
Once you have some topics in mind and have identified
a potential faculty mentor or have found a project of interest
in our on-campus opportunities listings, contact the professor
by e-mail. Make sure you are familiar with the professor’s
work before you compose the e-mail. Read their faculty profile
and articles they have written in journals, or find out what they
have written or performed. If possible, attend one of their lectures,
performances, or productions. We have provided a sample
e-mail to use as a guide, but you need to personalize it to
highlight your own strengths and weaknesses.
When you meet with your potential faculty mentor,
be on time, dress properly, answer questions honestly, have questions
ready for them, and thank them for their time. It is between you
and your faculty mentor to decide if your interests match for a
research or creative opportunity. After the initial visit, it is
also up to you and your faculty mentor to discuss project details
and related expectations. Here are some questions you may want to
- How many hours will you be working each week?
- Will you get academic credit?
- What do they consider to be an 'A' performance?
- Who will you be reporting to?
- What will your specific duties be?
- Is this a group or individual project?
- What additional books or articles do they recommend that
If you need further assistance, you can fill out
Researcher Interest Form and then schedule an appointment
with a UROP Advisor to discuss your options, ideas or questions
detail. Also, keep in mind that students who are involved
in UCI research or creative projects are invited to submit a request
for funding in response to UROP's Call
for Proposals. If you are conducting a project over the
summer, you may be eligible for a SURP