How to Find
Searching for a research opportunity at a university
- Contact your department for updates on upcoming opportunities.
- Many department web pages, like the psychology department, on CSUN’s website have links for student research opportunities.
- Even if your own professors are not conducting research, they may know of other professors outside the university who are looking for student help.
- The CSU system offers summer research opportunities. Information can be found at:
- Check the research opportunities link for a listing of research opportunities by subject.
Searching for a research opportunity outside the university
- Major libraries and museums typically offer research grants. Look at specific websites of interest for contact information.
- Research public services websites and federal websites for possible opportunities.
- One website where you can search for federal grants is:
- Check the research opportunities link for a listing of opportunities by subject.
Deciding on research opportunities
Identify your motivation and goals.
- Ask yourself, what interests me most? Do I want to improve my presentation skills? Do I have a thesis that I want to build on with the help of others? Do I want to shadow a professional working on new research? Do I want to work with others on a collaborative project?
- Decide on how long you want to work. Some opportunities are for the summer, others can be a year long. If you want to study abroad, search for summer abroad opportunities. The Study Abroad office may be able to help you with your search.
- A strong GPA.
- Pursuit of research that will contribute to your field and other members.
- A desire to learn and expand research skills.
- Strong writing skills.
- Awareness of current field research, technology, and information.
- U.S. Citizenship (unless otherwise noted).