Central to undergraduate research experiences are faculty mentors! To find a faculty mentor, visit the following resources:
All mentors listed in the "Find a Mentor" were legacied in from Summer 2021. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Need resources on how to communicate with a potential Faculty Mentor?
Emailing a professor
This is just a suggestion/rough guideline. Please write your own letter.
Intro: My name is _______. I am an undergraduate majoring in (or expecting to major in) ___________. I am interested in participating in research, especially your research concerning _____________. I’m interested in it because_________. And I really think it would benefit my studies/career in ___this way____ . I’d love to take part in your lab because____________.
Mention applicable courses taken, lab experience, assistantships, leadership experience, or past job experience that would pertain to working with this faculty. It might be helpful to attach a resume to your email, in case the professor wants to look at that information. It also helps to mention what kind of time commitment you can make to the research with this professor. For instance, “I am willing to volunteer hours in the lab and am available to work on the project about 10 hours a week.” Mention that you are interested in applying for a UROP assistantship once you have experience in the lab/with the project, but that you can volunteer hours until that point.
Self-Promotion/Ask for a lab tour
I have a deep passion for __________________ and as a result I am interested in participating in research to further expand my knowledge and usefully apply it. I hope you will consider letting me take part in your research. If it is possible, I would like meet with you to discuss and learn about your intriguing research and tour your lab. Thank you very much in advance for your time.
Sincerely/I look forward to meeting you,
Home or cell #
- Be courteous.
- Be complimentary, but not overwrought.
- Know something about their research/work and include that information in your email
- Be as specific as possible – about your interests, their work, and your qualifications.
- Make your interest and capabilities apparent.
- Keep it short.
- Be honest – about your interests, your time commitments, and your goals for research.
- Be persistent. You may email several people who cannot serve as your mentor. There are a million reasons why this might be so. Do not take it personally!
- And do not give up. There are SO many faculty here and SO many research opportunities. You will find one that works for you.