Many opportunities exist for undergraduate students to pursue research and scholarly or creative work in their disciplines. In addition to financial and logistical support from Binghamton University, a wide variety of grants, fellowships, awards and internships from external sources is available, including support provided by museums, libraries, archives, laboratories and research foundations. These experiences can be fully or partially funded or on a volunteer basis. Some can be pursued during the summer, while others can be pursued during the academic year or over the winter break.
We encourage you to start looking for opportunities early, to seek advice from your department or program faculty and to apply for all possible opportunities. Although the availability and level of support can vary depending on your area of interest, external support can make the difference in helping you gain experience in your field.
As a starting point, take a look at these internal and external resource listings:
If you are interested in pursuing research at a particular research center, museum or archive, check its webpage for research opportunities. If you don't know where to start, an Internet search can produce valuable results.
You should start looking for summer research opportunities early. Not early April or May, but over the winter break. Many experiences accept a limited number of participants, such as the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) programs. Make sure you know the application deadlines for the programs that interest you and apply on time — or early — if you can.