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❶If you are not sure what research area interests you, then start by doing a general review of faculty research in the academic department in which you are majoring.

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It is essentially the first step in an interview, so be sure the email reflects your best effort. Make absolutely sure there are no spelling or grammatical errors, use formal language, and keep it brief.

Research groups have limited space, so it may be difficult to find a research mentor that is looking for, or willing to take, another students. Do not take it personally if they decline your request. You may go through all ten or more potential mentors before you find a match. You will find someone. Provides support and guidance as you look for research opportunities. The Center also hosts an anual Undergraduate Research Conference. Internship and Career Center: Provides assistance finding jobs and internships.

Visit Aggie Job Link to find posted positions. UC Davis Research for Students: Learn more about hands-on research conducted at UC Davis. Learn more about faculty research across the disciplines in more than 50 UC Davis-affiliated centers, institutes, and programs.

View the diverse areas of research that is currently being conducted in the four undergraduate colleges and the six professional and graduate schools UC Davis has to offer. Egghead is a blog about research by, with or related to UC Davis. View the latest research questions, methods, and discoveries at UC Davis. UC Davis Medical School: Biology Academic Success Center. Finding a Research Mentor The best way to get to find a research mentor is by attending office hours on a regular basis.

Begin by identifying potential research mentors: Determine what interests you the most in your discipline. Find a research area that you want to dedicate time and energy to learning more about.

For example, molecular biology, plant conservation, or perhaps something that is interdisciplinary like wildlife health. Use the CBS faculty directory to identify facultywithin the college working in your area of interest. Talk to friends who are already doing research to get their advice about potential mentors. If you are not sure what research area interests you, then start by doing a general review of faculty research in the academic department in which you are majoring.

But also think broadly! View the links below to view research across the disciplines in more than 50 UC Davis-affiliated centers and programs, the six professional schools and four undergraduate colleges.

Generate a ranked list of potential mentors based on your searches. Write down your own research questions; do not be embarrassed if your questions seem basic or vague — everyone starts this way!

Contact potential research mentors Email is a good way to make initial contact with potential mentors. When you are writing your email s , consider the following: Research mentors are busy people, so keep your email short and to the point approximately 1 paragraph. Your mentor is expecting you to be new to science, but will want to see that you can articulate clearly the specific areas of science that you are interested in pursuing.

The application must be completed meticulously. It is helpful to have a faculty mentor who knows someone on the IRB committee who might be able to usher your project along. Either way it can take several months to gain IRB approval.

The IRB will often request revisions, which take several weeks to be approved. There are different levels of IRB approval depending on the level of risk involved in your project.

Low risk projects with non-vulnerable populations, such as a series of interviews with physicians, can be submitted as "expedited" or even "exempt" which means that they can be approved by one IRB member instead of the entire board. Projects that involve risk to subjects or vulnerable populations are considered "full" approval applications, which require the entire IRB committee to meet and discuss the project before giving approval.

Obtain ethics review committee approval in the country where you will be conducting research. You should contact a medical school in the country where you will be conducting research to determine if you can apply for ethics committee approval.

Ideally you should plan to include local students or faculty in your project. Allow several months for this process! You may be able to complete the final stages of the process in person when you arrive at your host country, particularly if email or phone communication is limited.

Carry out the research. Notify the IRB of any major changes, particularly changes to the study design or complications that alter the risk to the study subjects.

Keep track of any and all expenses if you are planning to be reimbursed. Make sure to back up your data. You faculty mentor may need to help you determine the best way to analyze your information in order to determine the results of your study. Submit your abstract to a conference or poster presentation. MSRF recipients are required to present their research during the poster presentation that occurs ever March. It is okay to publish an abstract in a conference or journal even if you will be submitting the full article to a different journal later on.

Identify journals that publish research similar to yours, and submit a manuscript. Pay attention to a journal's acceptance rate, time to decision and time to publication if you want to get published quickly.


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The Undergraduate Research Center (URC) encourages and facilitates research opportunities for UC Davis undergraduates in all majors and class levels. We offer awards and activities to support undergraduate research across the university.

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The Center provides many opportunities to graduate students, from mentoring on research and career objectives, courses, conferences, our annual graduate student retreat, as well as opportunities in our visiting graduate student scholar program. UC Davis School of Medicine students have a number of options for structuring a research experience within the context of your medical studies. It can take the form of brief independent study, a summer experience, a longitudinal experience throughout medical school, or a second degree program.

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The program culminates with a research symposium involving the combined UC Davis UC-HBCU programs where the scholars will present the findings of their summer research project. Note: UC Davis undergraduates are not eligible for this program. Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program at UC Davis (Note: This program focuses on non-UCD students, but Davis undergraduates are welcome to participate as well.) Many other institutions have summer research programs for undergraduates sponsored by the National Science Foundation.