Ways to get involved in research
Research is the heart of any study of science, and it's a great chance to get your hands dirty and pursue a subject in depth. The GES department encourages all majors to participate in research, and the opportunities for undergraduate research are numerous. The level of commitment and involvement is up to you:
- Work part-time in a lab during the school year
- Conduct an independent summer research project through the School of Earth Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Program
- Conduct quarter-long to year-long independent research projects
- Conduct research for a Senior Honors Project
The best way to get involved is to talk to faculty — maybe someone taught an interesting seminar and you want to pursue some outstanding questions, or perhaps you are interested in their field of expertise. Often, faculty members have ongoing projects you can join, or you can work with one of their graduate students. Perhaps you and a faculty member can carve out a new project for you to do. The possibilities are endless — you just need to start asking.
How to get started
- Check out information about research areas in GES and look at recent research projects
- Talk to a faculty member whose research interests you, or stop by to talk to Richard Nevle if you're not sure how to get started.
- Discuss funding options with your advisor, and perhaps apply for funding
Lots of additional (and very helpful) information about undergraduate research at Stanford is available from Stanford's Undergraduate Advising and Research.