The Aresty Center provides a research pathway to help you navigate the world of research at Rutgers. No matter your academic year or experience, you can take advantage of the opportunities that we have to offer. Start with the questions below!
How much research experience do you have?
I have little to no research experience.
If you are a first year or sophomore student who has never conducted research, start by taking a research-intensive course, such as an
Aresty-Byrne Seminar (for first years and transfers only) or helping a faculty member with his or her research. You should talk with your favorite professors about their research interests (many of these are listed on departmental websites), and about how to get involved.
If you are a first year student interested in the sciences, you should consider our
Summer Science program. This program is an intensive, full-time program for rising-sophomores only. Students selected for this opportunity spend the full 12 week summer session engaged in research. Each participant receives a stipend of $3,000 and optional housing on-campus. The program culminates in a public poster session, where each student will present their research to family, friends, and faculty. Applications open in the spring.
Another option for students is our academic-year
Research Assistant program. Students selected for the program do five hours of research per week (or more by arrangement with their professor). Selected students also attend two 60-minute peer group meetings per month with other undergraduate researchers to practice scholarly communication, explore research ethics, design posters, and discuss research methodology.
I have some experience working with a professor.
If you are changing majors or would like to research an area you do not have experience in, the best place to start would be the
Research Assistant program. If you are continuing with research you have previously done, we recommend speaking to your faculty mentor about recieving credit for your research or designing an independent study. This will prepare you for applying for our Undergraduate Fellowships or presenting your work at a conference in the future.
I have significant research experience already.
Undergraduate Research Fellowship is for you. This program is designed to support undergraduates, primarily juniors and seniors, pursuing independent research projects with faculty guidance. Undergraduates may submit proposals for funding to help defray the cost of research. Funding is intended for consumable supplies: that is, supplies specific to the research project. Funding cannot be used for meals, living expenses, tuition, or equipment that will be used beyond the duration of the research project. Applications are accepted twice a year, by October 1 or February 1.
Can I do research in the Humanities?
Yes! Find out more.
Research is not all about the sciences! By exploring the humanities, you will learn to think critically, understand the world around us, and make important connections between different cultures and societies. Many humanities professors are conducting research at Rutgers and are looking for undergraduates like you to aid them in activities such as bibliographic and archival research, translation, interviewing, database and website creation, and fact checking and copy editing. Check out the current humanities projects in the
Undergraduate Research System to get an idea of what kinds of projects are offered through our Research Assistant program.
What if I don't know what I want to research?
Where should I start?
Research begins with a question. If you are interested in conducting research as an undergraduate, you have already taken the first step by attending Rutgers. Whether through taking a research-intensive course, working in one of the University's many centers or institutes, or teaming up with a favorite professor to pursue a mutual academic interest, the opportunities to become involved in research abound for students of all majors.
Summer Science and Research Assistant Programs are designed for students seeking their first research experience. These programs teach students how to develop a research question, find and be able to read research and scholarly articles, and how to effectively present their research orally and visually.
In addition to our programs, you may
approach a faculty member directly (this works best if you're a junior or senior or if you've missed the regular Aresty application processes).
If you have more questions, or would like to speak with an advisor, feel free to
contact the staff at the Aresty Center. If you want to get involved with research sooner, check out our tips for finding a faculty mentor.