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SOURCE Fellowships & Honors Program Crown Awards (undergrads)

Research Assistant Grants (faculty)

  • Funding for faculty to hire paid undergraduate research assistants – for summer ’24 and/or AY 24-25

    Please join us for our events – calendar is here

    Undergraduate Research FAQs

    Undergraduate research work takes many forms but all follow a similar structure:

    • Beginning with a sense of curiosity in the exploration of a topic of interest
    • An understanding of the current landscape of a scholarly, professional or creative field of study.
    • Designing of a study or project using the methods and tools of a discpline to present evidence that responds to a question or theme.
    • All undergraduate research students are supported by a faculty mentor in their field.
    • Student research and creative projects may be produced by students at all levels in classes, labs, recitals, as part of a distinction or thesis program, or independently. 


    Participating in undergraduate research allows you to:

    • Apply your knowledge to real-world problems and issues
    • Develop a strong faculty mentor relationship
    • Improve your problem-solving and creative thinking skills
    • Explore potential career areas
    • Develop skills you can use on the job market or in grad school
    • Explore a topic you find fascinating and participate in the creation of new knowledge

    • Students are guided by a faculty mentor (typically a tenured or tenure-track professor) or research staff member.
    • In humanities, communications/journalism, business/management, social sciences, arts: students work as part of a research team or one-on-one with a professor to either assist with an ongoing project or design an independent project.
    • In STEM fields: students work as part of a lab team, led by a professor (or Primary Investigator, “PI”): students assist with ongoing projects and may take leadership on part of the lab’s work.
    • Students may also work off-campus, with a community organization, another university, or do research as part of the study abroad experience.

    Jot down a few notes in response to these prompts:

    • Readings or lectures from a class that sparked your interest and made you want to learn more or share with a friend
    • Problems or issues that you’d like to contribute to solving or improving
    • Gaps in your education
    • Skills that you’re interested in developing
    • Passions, hobbies, and personal interests
    • Goals or outcomes that could build your portfolio and be shared with a future employer or graduate school

    Connect with others

    • Talk to your professors during their office hours about how they first discovered their research interests
    • Get inspired at a student research presentation event on campus: the SOURCE Fall Expo, Spring Showcase, or Summer Symposium, or a school/college event
    • Go to lectures and talks on campus and ask questions
    • Chat with fellow students doing research (you could start with SOURCE Student Research Mentors) about how they found their focus
    • If you have a specific post-graduate goal (career, graduate study, etc.), speak with career and academic advisors about the skills you should be building

    The Syracuse Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Engagement (The SOURCE)

    New Location: 208 Bowne Hall

    315-443-2091  /