Research can be broadly defined as the systematic investigation of data and other materials that leads to the creation of new knowledge and understandings. Research and creative scholarship take place across all majors and fields of study at UConn and beyond. Get inspired by reading the stories of UConn researchers in the Meet the Researcher series and Profiles in Undergraduate Research.

Here are some examples of how students have been able to develop or enhance their competencies through research:

  • Sumadrita enhanced her critical thinking, communication, and professionalism competencies by analyzing and presenting research data to an audience of senior scientists.
  • José improved his technology competency by learning to use Artificial Intelligence tools to conduct his research.

If you are interested in sharing your own experience with us please email Sharing your competency development inspires other students to think about where and how they can gain competencies within and beyond UConn.

The Center for Career Development has many resources that can help you find a research opportunity that aligns with your interests.

There are many resources to help you find a research team that is actively looking for a new member at UConn, another university, or a company. Get started by clicking here.

  • Lincus – Lincus is a search engine sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research that allows you to identify faculty around the university who are working on topics that interest you. Lincus allows you to run a keyword search on faculty expertise and see how research on a given subject crosses departments, schools, colleges, and campuses.
  • Tips for Connecting with Faculty – If you plan to reach out to a faculty member to inquire about a possible research opportunity, keep these helpful tips in mind!
  • Sample outreach email – When reaching out to a faculty member to inquire about a research opportunity with their project or lab, review these templates to ensure you are covering all key points.

  • Frontiers Exhibitions – The fall and spring Frontiers exhibitions provide opportunities for UConn undergraduates to share their research and creative projects with the university community. 
  • Poster Presentations – Check out these recommendations from the Office of Undergraduate Research about how to design and present a research poster. 
  • Publications – Check out this information about UConn-specific publications and other undergraduate journals where you could publish your research. 
  • Share Your Accomplishments with the Office of Undergraduate Research – Interested in having your work featured on the Office of Undergraduate Research’s website or social media? Let them know! 

Feel free to schedule a meeting with a Career Coach in the Center for Career Development or talk to another trusted faculty or staff member on campus; maybe someone you’ve already connected with around career. The entire campus community is committed to your success-all you need to do is ask!