About research projects performed by (or involving) undergraduate students

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Two professors want me to work at their labs, and I'd rather work with one of them than the other

I'm an undergrad who wants to do research but I don't know many professors, so I asked my school's Dean for Undergraduate Research for help. He told two professors about me, and both showed interest ...
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Does one always have to present new results when publishing a paper?

I am an undergraduate student who had already worked in two undergrad "research" projects, but both of those projects were basically applications of methods that were already discovered. Furthermore, ...
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Working on multiple research projects as an undergraduate with different professors

I am currently a sophomore undergraduate Mechanical Engineering major at a mid-sized public university. I know that I really do enjoy research, I love learning, and I love teaching. I am ...
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What to do in the summer if math REUs reject me? Should I still apply to grad school?

This past fall/winter I applied to 16 of the pure math summer REU programs listed by the AMS here, and haven't been accepted by any so far. Five have rejected me, and the fact that none of the other ...
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How do I turn down an internship offer by a professor because I have a better offer in a corporate research lab?

I applied to several corporate research labs for internships. Seeing no progress on my application, I emailed a professor in a top university asking for an internship. He was impressed by my work and ...
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What is behind the “Indian Undergrad Research Experience”-spam?

Every now and then I receive an email claiming to be from some undergrad student in Math or Computer Science at an Indian university asking for a summer research experience in "my research group" ...
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Will uploading a half completed paper to Arxiv hurt my chances of getting admitted to a grad school?

I worked on a independent research project during my free time in college. Nobody guided me and nobody assisted me. I developed a algorithm for a problem and I tried it out on few data-sets and ...
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What makes a stellar undergraduate thesis?

In mathematics, what distinguishes an exceptional undergraduate thesis for the rest? How do original contributions, accessibility of the topic (ie more or less prerequisites), novelty of the topic, ...
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What to do with an overtly exasperating colleague in computer science?

I am working on my undergraduate research project in an HPCC. Whoever does programming knows this is a "teach-yourself" skill. Everytime a problem arises, you search the wealth of tutorials and guides ...
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Are undergraduate journals a good choice for publishing papers?

I am 18 years old (high school undergraduate) but I have had my first scientific paper published by the age of 16 to a regular (non-undergraduate) journal. However, I am preparing some papers for ...
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Would it be acceptable to occasionally sleep at the lab?

I'm currently an undergrad, and work as a researcher in an EECS lab. Recently, I discovered a novel application to work on, and so for the last few weeks I've been staying at the lab late almost every ...
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Undergraduate thesis main author credit and prestige

Our thesis instructor, after rejecting our proposals, became one of our thesis advisers after we've accepted his suggestion. Every time he's telling us that our proposal doesn't seem like a thesis (in ...
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Can mathematical ideas applied to CS problems count as “undergraduate research”?

I ran across this thread, in which the accepted answer mentions to "[..] Start on a research project (independently or otherwise) if you have not already ASAP. " I'm an undergraduate studying ...
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How does a prospective applicant fail to qualify for RAship, but fit the bill for TAship?

I wish to know how the Graduate Admissions Committees for top Universities in the USA decide about awarding Teaching Assistantship to a prospective student. If one had preferred both 'RAship' and ...
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How important is relevant research for an undergrad? [duplicate]

I'm a student in electrical engineering, and my interests lie primarily in areas with a large overlap between physics and electrical engineering. I'm currently doing research with a professor of ...
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What are the 'objective circumstances' that one young researcher should take into account when choosing a research topic?

Premise: I originally asked this on MathOverflow, but it was pointed out to me that it could be better fit for Academia Stack Exchange. Note: I have received extremely varied advice on the following ...
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Should I (an undergrad) call potential industry research intern supervisor by first name?

I am corresponding via email with an industry researcher regarding an internship. He always signs off his emails with his first name, Bill. Still, I have addressed him as "Dr. X" for several emails ...
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How should I fill the “First name” and “Last name” in an application if I have two given names and two last names?

How should I fill this information if I have more than one given name and more than one last name? For example, if my name is Juan Eduardo González Rodríguez. I have 2 given names: "Juan" and ...
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Is it necessary to understand every detail of a research paper?

I am currently an undergraduate thinking about doing a Bachelor's thesis (and publish one or two papers if at all possible). I have found an advisor in computer science (artificial intelligence). I ...
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Is it acceptable to ask someone for help revising your paper?

I am an undergraduate and I was wondering if it was appropriate to ask someone (who isn't an author) to help revise the draft of a conference paper that I am writing. I am new to writing and this ...
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Can my recommendation letters be repeated?

For example, if I am going to apply to 3 REU programs that ask me for 2 recommendation letters each one. Can my 2 professors who I asked the recommendation letters send the exact same letters to the ...
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Is it useful for a student trying to get an undergraduate research position to have a personal website?

I'm studying a Bachelor in Engineering Physics undergraduate program and I know that most of the people that does research or that teaches have his/her personal website with their publications and ...
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Should you list undergraduate work on your CV?

Specifically, I'm worried about my first few publications listed on my CV being undergraduate work because: A) It might not be of my own inspiration, and I'm just tagging along with someone else's ...
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How much time should be allocated to supervising undergraduate researchers?

I recently asked this question about how many office hours per week are common for undergraduate lecturers but then I just read this one about supervising research done by undergrads. This got me ...
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What are the key components of being an effective supervisor of undergraduate researchers?

Quite a few tenure-track job ads I've come across recently have mentioned supervising research of undergraduate students as one of the position responsibilities specifically. I have had plenty of ...
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How important is one's first publication in affecting prospects, assuming others are to follow?

With respect to a first publication, how would the following factors affect prospects (in academia, as well as in research-based industry)? Whether or not the publication is in a top-tier journal. ...
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Terrible grade in undergraduate research project, how will this affect graduate admissions?

I have graduated this year with a second class first division. In addition, I ranked sixth. However, the problem is that I scored a D+ in my undergrad research project. Now I am aiming to pursue a ...
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Uninteresting research area and contacting potential supervisors

I've recently finished off my undergraduate degrees and am in the process of contacting various faculty members for MSc supervision. Recently I have been offered supervision at a research lab which I ...
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How can I find out whether I am permitted to re-use an online questionnaire in my own research?

So, I get this page's link: User Interface Usability Evaluation with Web-Based Questionnaires from my friend. I want to make one of them as Questionnaire for the design I made for Academic Research. ...
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Are bibliographies/reference lists generally included in page/word counts?

I regularly assign my undergraduate students papers with a range of expected page/word length (e.g. 10-12 pages or 2500-3000 words). Is there any sort of rule as to whether or not to count a works ...
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What does it mean to be a co-author? [duplicate]

What does acting as a "co-author" entail, and how common is it for first year undergraduate students to be added as co-authors to a paper being prepared by a professor?
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Is it a good idea to join a second group as an undergraduate researcher if I don't feel challenged enough?

I'm currently a second-year undergraduate physics major, and I joined an experimental nuclear physics (astrophysics primarily) group a few months ago. I joined the group wanting to work extremely hard ...
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How to supervise an undergraduate student if I am a PhD student coming from a different field?

I have joined a new research group as a PhD student about one month before. Few days ago my supervisor told me I should supervise an undergraduate student for a research project. However, the things ...
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Can undergraduate students really post something on arXiv.org? [duplicate]

Are there any cases of undergraduate students posting something on arXiv.org? Can undergraduate student (or any arbitrary person) REALLY post to arxiv and if not, then how does the protection work? ...
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How should I tell my advisor that I want to leave my undergraduate research position?

I am about to wrap up my first semester at my University. Before school had started in the summer I had developed an iOS application for the University which gained the attention of one professor, ...
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During applications, how can I prove I was the first author of the papers that I couldn't become first author for various reasons?

One year ago, I started working on a subject with one of the professors of our department. The idea was mine, and all of the subsequent steps including modellings, simulations, generation of figures, ...
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University making unreasonable demands with regards to external undergraduate research opportunity

Here's my situation: I'm a fourth-year undergraduate at an Asian university, and next semester, I'll be hoping to conducting research in order to publish a senior undergraduate thesis. Now, since my ...
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Should I list all of my scientific writings and technical reports (including those written for coursework) on my resume?

I am an undergrad preparing my resume for grad school application. During my undergrad I have done many projects, including a few real research projects and also those for courses as final projects, ...
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As an undergraduate, should I have done research on all of my research interests listed in my resume?

I am an undergraduate student, writing my resume for application to grad school. During my undergrad I have done research on some topics through internships and research projects. However, there are ...
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How broad should the research Interests of an undergraduate applying for grad school be?

I'm an undergraduate student applying to grad school. In my Research Interests section in my CV (or somewhere else), I wonder how broad should my interests be. For example, I have worked on topics ...
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Is it acceptable to submit more than one papers to a conference?

I am an undergraduate and am new to paper writing. I have been writing papers with professor A at another university since I was in high school. We are writing a paper together for an upcoming ...
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Is it a good idea to express my gratitude to a co-author with a gift card?

I am an undergraduate level student planning to put out a research paper for publication. The second author is a PhD student who has helped me to do much editing (including re-writing my entire paper ...
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Mentioning slipshod undergrad research or not in top graduate school applications?

I am recently writing my statement of purpose (or research statement, if you prefer this) for my graduate school applications (in the field of EECS). I have two conference publications, paper_A in one ...
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Is it ethically questionable for me (an undergraduate) to hire “research assistants”?

I am an undergraduate student being paid a (relatively speaking) hefty monthly research stipend. I need only some of this money to pay off my university fees and living costs, since I have wonderfully ...
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How can I publish my thesis?

I have a written thesis, as my Final year project. I have submitted in university. but now i want to make it professionally mine. I want to publish it some where but i don't have such kind of ...
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Is it advisable to continue with a research project if I'm not learning much from it?

I’m an undergrad involved in a research project with a professor that has potential to lead to a publication in a good journal. The field concerned is a relatively new field of biology and this ...
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Choosing PhD advisor in a field different from your undergrad research?

I am applying to grad schools now, in physics dept. I have been doing my undergrad research on high energy and astrophysics. But recently I have started to gain a lot of interest in condensed matter ...
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Should I publish this? [duplicate]

In the year 2000, someone probed the 3 dimensional quantum dots using a new condition which is important in semi conductor physics. But they basically solved the Schrodinger equation for ground state ...
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Do research laboratories hire international students with a Bachelor's Degree?

I intend to increase my research experience in a field not very closely related to mine (I am a chemical engineer and want to pursue Tissue Engineering). I a currently a 4th year undergraduate. I have ...
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Undergraduate research in mathematics

I am a European student applying for a PhD in mathematics in the US. Browsing the internet, I have come across quite a lot of American PhD applicants claiming that they have several years of research ...