I made a video where I talk about the application, my experience, and more.
Read my essays. I include the statement interest essay as well the other three essays on the specific research projects I applied.
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This video includes the talk and poster presented at the Undergraduate Research Conference.
I hope this guide helps you. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me.
Professors are looking for general ability and agency to get stuff done.
To find research opportunities, consider the following:
Start by sending a well-crafted email to professors. Introduce yourself, explain your research interests, and state your motivations.
If you don't receive a response, don't give up. Persistence can make a difference.
If email communication doesn't yield results, consider visiting their office in person. Face-to-face interaction can be effective.
If one professor doesn't respond or doesn't have opportunities, keep trying with other professors who align with your interests.
Reflect on the type of research you want to do and what genuinely interests you.
Alternatively, find a graduate student in your desired research group. They may be willing to teach you and provide opportunities to assist them.
Remember, pursuing what genuinely interests you is essential, regardless of your major.
If you do something you genuinely enjoy, everything else will simply work out.
If you're uncertain where to start, cultivate curiosity about the world. Approach professors randomly and inquire about their ongoing projects. You can also utilize resources like Curiosity @ Illinois to attend interesting classes, setting the stage for potential opportunities to emerge.
When seeking scientists to collaborate with, it's crucial to be genuine in your approach.
Consider these strategies:
Always ask yourself, "Why would someone be willing to mentor me?"
A potential mentor is more likely to invest in you if they see high potential and believe that their guidance can yield substantial benefits, possibly resulting in a tenfold return on their investment.