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As you navigate your undergraduate research experience, you will come across many opportunities to develop new skills and master old ones. Sometimes it can be daunting to embark on something new, but that's what life is all about - pushing your boundaries so that you grow personally and professionally. Don't worry, we are here to help! You can find tips and resources below. If you can't find what you are looking for or want more information on a topic, don't hesitate to ask a question or schedule an appointment. We are here to help.Schedule An Appointment
Subject line: Be as specific as possible. You might include your name, student status, and ‘research opportunities’. You might use the subject to ask about a specific time frame. Such as “Are you available the week of 10/1 to discuss undergraduate research opportunities?”
Salutation: Your email should be professional and use either “Dear Dr. Xxx” or “Dear Professor Xxx”.
Body: The first email should be brief, about 7-12 sentences. The structure should consist of three main parts: 1) Who you are and your goals, 2) State your interest in the professor’s research and how research in this field (or research in general) relates to your goals, 3) Ask to schedule a meeting.
Closing: Be sure to thank professors for their time and use “Sincerely” for the closing
When creating a poster, be sure to read the guidelines for your conference to make sure your poster is the correct size. We have created a page with more detailed information. Click here to navigate to that page. Some quick tips are below.
“Ten Simple Rules for a Good Poster Presentations”
“Designing Conference Posters”
In the meantime, these online resources can help!
Helpful Instructions for Presentations
Need help finding a research topic or help locating certain information? The Auraria Library can offer many services to students including workshops, advising, and help creating your presentation Please visit their website to learn more.
Sometime research opportunities arise through informal conversations with your professors. Here are some sample questions you might ask your professor when visiting them during their office hours.
Does your research involve human subjects? If so, before collecting data, you must follow the appropriate procedures for human subject research as outlined by the MSU Denver Human Subjects Protection Program (HSPP). The MSU Denver Institutional Review Board (IRB) is the final authority on this issue. If you think you may be doing research with humans, please refer to the HSPP website to learn more.
An abstract is a brief (200-400 word) summary of your project, which includes purpose, context, methods, brief conclusion. The goal of an abstract is to entice the reader to come to your presentation/performance or poster and learn more about your work.
How to write an abstract:
MSU Denver Writing Center can help students at any point in their writing and thinking process, from finding a topic and formulating a research question to composing an abstract and writing a presentation. Please visit their website to learn more about the Writing Center or to schedule an appointment.
The Writing Center offers students resources for developing as writers and thinkers, sharing their work and ideas, and receiving thoughtful feedback on work in progress in a practical, friendly, collaborative environment.
Here are some of the types of writing they can help you with:
If you would like to schedule an appointment with the Writing Center, please see the following link to make an appointment.
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