The right experience can be very rewarding. Think through these questions to start off on the best foot.
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What do I hope to gain from my involvement?
Your goals for involvement help you and a potential mentor decide whether you are a fit for their group. Potential reasons: prepare for employment or graduate school, discern a career path, simply broaden educational experience, gain further knowledge of a discipline.

What discipline am I interested in?
All departments conduct research, and you are not restricted to your major department. Think broadly about your interests and goals. What "discipline(s)" or "department(s)" would fit?

How much time do I have to commit per week?
Potential mentors want need to know how much time you have to commit to their projects during the week. Different projects require different time commitments. Know your time constraints and be up front about them. This prevents awkward miscommunication and false expectations between you and your mentor. It also facilitates a healthy balance between life, work, and study.  

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How do I expect to be compensated for my work?
Compensation comes in many forms. Well-funded research may pay undergraduate researchers. Many students volunteer simply to gain experience. Academic credit is available on a semester-by-semester basis. Some register for 0-credit hour transcript notation. Researchers may even blend multiple forms of compensation.


I have articulate, well-thought answers to these questions.  What do I do next? 

Start looking - see "How to Find a Research Position".

If you have trouble a question, ICRU can help! Contact an ICRU Ambassador or Staff Member for assistance at any point along the way.