First Steps

Invest time in thinking about how getting involved in research can complement your academic goals. Work with Cornell advisors to plan when to engage in research and how to gain the most from the experience.

Types of Positions

Students at Cornell are involved in research in a number of different capacities and at different levels.

Research by College

Find information about undergraduate research opportunities in the different colleges at Cornell.

Academic Credit

Many students earn credit for undergraduate research they do at Cornell during the academic year. Credit is not given for research done off-campus, unless it is done with a Cornell professor who is working off-campus.

Research Funding

Undergraduates involved in faculty research sometimes receive academic credit, sometimes receive pay, and occasionally volunteer their time. Your personal interests, time, and the options a researcher can offer are key factors as you seek a position.

Recognition for Research

Latin honors (cum, magna, etc.) differs among colleges. Fellowships and awards are an excellent way to gain recognition for research achievement. Look at applications for awards within Cornell and nationally.

Student Clubs & Related Groups

There are a number of student organizations with a focus on undergraduate research. Student-run, with faculty mentors, these organizations provide peer and faculty advice, leadership and writing experience, and annual opportunities to present research.

Troubleshooting

Students leave their research for a variety of reasons, such as change in research interests, not enough time in their schedule, or if the dynamics between their advisor or lab group just aren’t right.