How to Get Started

Man looking into microscope in a lab We are so excited you are interested in getting involved in research and inquiry! Here are a few ways to get you started:

  1. Come visit us in the office! We are located in GS 212. Any of our staff members would be happy to guide you!
  2. Make an appointment with a peer mentor, all are active researchers.
  3. Attend an OURI Workshop!
    Topics Include:
    • How to get Started in Research
    • How to Contact Professors
    • Preparing for graduate school
    • Creating an oral or poster presentation
    • Writing a Manuscript
    • and more!
  4. Join the Undergraduate Research & Inquiry Listserv
    • This listserv sends out periodic emails to interested students about upcoming undergraduate research and inquiry opportunities. If you would like to subscribe to this list, simply click Join the Listserv above
  5. Review these documents for additional guidance:
  6. Join the Council for Scholarship and Inquiry, registered student organization at FAU.
  7. Check out the research being done in the different colleges!
  8. Check out the OURI Flight Plans for students interested in getting involved in research and OURI activities.
  9. Check out this list of Summer Research and Internship Opportuntines for STEM and healthcare students. 


OURI has compiled additional resources to assist in your journey, such as:

  • Research Ethics
  • How to Apply for Undergraduate Research Grants
  • Preparing for a Presentation
  • Summer Research Experiences
  • Preparing for Graduate School
  • and more!

To gain access to our Canvas course, please come to our office in GS 212 and meet with a member of our team or meet with a Peer Mentor

Get Prepared!

There are a variety of course based opportunities in the different colleges. Some key ones are listed below:

FAU Opportunities

  • Honors in the Major: Look for Honors programs within your discipline. Take research enriched courses and enhance your research and inquiry skills.
  • Research Intensive (RI) Courses: OURI supports faculty interested in integrating research into the curriculum through RI Designation. All courses that have an intensive research component will have RI in the title of the course.
  • Directed Independent Research (DIR) Courses: Register for a DIR course within your major. Students will have the opportunity to work closely with faculty members and also receive college credit.
  • Other College Specific Opportunities: Consult with a faculty member and review the department website to learn more about additional opportunities. There may be additional internships, fellowships, and other opportunities available.
  • MPFI Scholars Honors Program: The FAU Max Planck Honors Program will serve a select number of highly qualified students. National merit scholars will have preferred admission into the program. The program will offer exclusive electives, specifically unique to the MPFI’s faculty and research infrastructure. The honors in the major program will be offered across three degrees in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science: B.S. in biological sciences; B.A. in psychology; and B.S. in neuroscience and behavior; and as tracks in four concentrations of the Wilkes Honors College: Biology, Biological Chemistry, Neuroscience, and Psychology.

Summer Curricular Based Internship Opportunities

  • Semester by the Sea
    • Spend a “Semester by the Sea” (SBTS) at FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in Fort Pierce, Florida on the shores of the Indian River Lagoon, one of the most biologically diverse estuaries in North America.

Benefits of Participating in Undergraduate Research: Resources

The Benefits of Undergraduate Research: The Student’s Perspective- Penn State