Finding Research Positions
"If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?"
– Albert Einstein
"Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose" – Zora Neale Hurston
Reasons to Participate in Undergraduate Research
Undergraduate research is a great opportunity to hone your interests and skills in a specific field. Professors often need help with their research, so if you are interested in continuing your education beyond the classroom, you should inquire about doing research under him or her. The experience will provide insight on whether higher education, such as a Master's or Doctorate degree, will be a part of your goals or whether you will want to pursue a career in the field of research. It will also allow you to work closely with one of your professors so that you feel comfortable enough to use him or her as a reference, or ask for a letter of recommendation in the future.
Undergraduate Research and Professors
Research during the semester is also available with most of your professors. Take a look at their profiles on their department's webpages to see if their research fields interest you. There may also be professors in different departments that you would want to do research with, so don't limit yourself to your major. Not all professors partake in undergraduate research mentoring, but many may have funding to support students. It is typical for students to partake in unpaid research one semester, and then gain funding later on. It is also typical for students to receive credits for their research work to count toward your degree.
Summer Research at Binghamton University
McNair Scholars Summer Research Internship Program
Binghamton University Summer Scholars and Artist Program
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Program
For more opportunities: http://www2.binghamton.edu/undergraduate-research/
National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
The National Science Foundation funds undergraduate students in science and engineering fields to do research with different departments throughout the United States over the summer. The research experience is typically about eight to ten weeks and often concludes with a poster and formal presentation. There are many benefits of participating in an REU program. You are usually assigned a small project that you can complete throughout the summer research session. REU's also allow you to travel to different universities, and even different countries, which may include reimbursement for travel and a stipend for your work. Finally, you will be able to work closely with professors, scientists, and researchers, which will help build your network and potentially obtain letters of recommendations for future jobs and graduate school. Please see the link below to search for different REU opportunities: