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Applying to Graduate School

Registry of Undergraduate Researchers:

The Council on Undergraduate Research hosts a Registry of Undergraduate Researchers. The purpose of this registry is to facilitate matchmaking between undergraduates who have research experience and a desire to pursue an advanced degree, with graduate schools seeking high quality students who are well prepared for research. The Registry is open to students and graduate schools in the fields of Anthropology/Archaeology, Arts/Humanities, Biology/Biochemistry, Business, Chemistry/Biochemistry, Economics, Education, Engineering, English and Linguistics, Environmental Studies, Geosciences, Health Professions, History, Journalism and Communications, Mathematics/Computer Science, Physics/ Astronomy, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work and Sociology.

GRE Preparation: 

Find information on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE): sample test questions, tips for studying, how to sign up, cost of the exam.

GRE Fee Waiver Information

Beyond the Beakers:

Beyond the Beakers by Dr. Gayle Slaughter of Baylor College of Medicine is a guide to help undergraduates interested in science and engineering prepare for graduate school.

The National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program:

The National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions.

Applying for Internships or Jobs

Your research experience will be highly valued by potential employers.  But, it is important that you learn to articulate what you have done clearly.  Not all employers have done research as students and may not understand its value.

  • Think about how you developed and used transferable skills like problem solving, critical thinking, communication, teamwork, or leadership. The Accomplishment Worksheet for Research can help.
  • Be prepared to give examples of your role in using the above skills.  Was there a particular hurdle in the research project that you had to overcome?  How did you do that?
  • Unless the employer is an expert in the field of your research project, don't get into technical details or use technical language related to your work.  Explain what you did in layman terms.
  • Be sure to communicate your interest in looking at the larger issues involved in your field.  Your interest in research indicates that you are the type of person who wants to grow in your field and go above and beyond in your learning.  This is a positive quality for most employers.

Resumes and Cover Letters

Resume and Cover Letter Sample is an example of how your research experience can enhance your resume and cover letter.  Note how much better the second sample is from the first.

Other resources for job search assistance can be found through Resumes and Cover Letters and Career Services.

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