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Step 1: Inform Yourself

  • Visit drop-in consulting hours at TIDES, PAI 3.04, to speak with someone about your interests and strategies for getting involved.
    Tuesdays, 1-3pm
    Thursdays, 10am-12noon
    Can't make it during drop-in hours? Schedule an appointment.

Step 2: Learn About Faculty Research on Campus

Step 3: Prepare Yourself

Do your homework.

Thoroughly explore the web pages of the research groups you are interested in. Read the publications of the faculty you would like to work with. (Most faculty list recent publications on their web sites and many of these can be downloaded from UT Library Online). Explore research being done within organized research units (groups of faculty working together on specialized research areas). Check out departmental calendars for events.

Formalize your interests and qualifications. What kind of experience do you want? How many hours a week can you work? How long do you want to do research for?

Be prepared to talk to faculty about your interests and how they relate to the work being done in the research group. Bring a current resume.

Need more assistance? Meet with an advisor or peer consultant to discuss your research interests and plan for contacting faculty.

Drop-in consulting hours:
Texas Institute for Discovery Education in Science (TIDES), PAI 3.04
Tuesdays 1-3pm
Thursdays 10am-12noon

Step 4: Contact Faculty

If you have identified your interests, have discovered faculty doing that research, and have done your background research to learn about their work, you are ready to contact them to talk about research. Use the UT directory to find their email address and other contact information.

If you have questions, or would like to discuss your interests and strategies for getting involved, please contact TIDES Director for Student Programs, Lynda Gonzales, at 512-232-9358, or visit PAI 3.04.