About research projects performed by (or involving) undergraduate students

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For an undergrad, how long should a short-term volunteer position in a lab be?

I've been working as a research student at a biochemistry wet lab since my final years of high school (as a result of cold-emailing a professor). I'm entering the same university as that of this lab ...
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How can I appropriately bring up topics of agenda to my professor in a meeting?

I have been working as an undergraduate research assistant in my professor's lab for about a year now. I've enjoyed working under his supervision, and though I wish I am acquainted with him more, I ...
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Is it appropriate (as an undergraduate) to email an academic with a question on their publication? [duplicate]

I am currently studying a published article as part of an undergraduate research project I am doing. I am having difficulty understanding specific parts as the article is quite dense and makes some ...
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Which is more important when applying to grad school (particularly top grad schools): Research or Letters?

While looking around for an answer to this, I have been getting conflicting opinions/answers, so I decided to ask here: Is publishing a great research paper as an undergrad more important than great ...
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Most of the research I did during college took place in my classes. How can I leverage this when applying to grad school?

A friend asked me to post this. I am an Egyptian undergraduate student who is considering attending graduate school programs in statistics. I studied for a year abroad in the US at the University of ...
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Using the research I'm assisting with (RA) in graduate studies

I'm an undergraduate and an RA in a cross-disciplinary research in psychology and management. I wonder if it is possible this research topic to graduate studies and continue with it, as I've seen in ...
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How does one approach a professor to volunteer in his/her lab?

In particular if one has little practical experience with research in the field (neuroscience), and has limited research experience in another area though did not fit well (computer vision). What ...
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Failure to meet deadline for undergraduate research paper

I've entered a undergraduate research program last year, from July 2015 to August 2016. I'm doing a BsC program in Mathematics, but my comes from a Geosciences background. I'm supossed to implement a ...
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Can research experience in one subject area be relevant to applying to a master's in a different subject area?

I'm a computer science undergraduate student at a Canadian university, going into my second year this September. I am interested in going to graduate school in the future. I don't know specific ...
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Use of theses after their completion

Can a student expect their completed thesis – undergraduate or master’s – to be used by the supervisor once in a while after its completion? Or are they mostly just stored on some thesis shelf?
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How best to use “downtime” during undergraduate research

Due to the nature of my research, I find myself waiting many hours for my computer program to finish running in order to find more bugs in my code so that I can debug. I generally have a pretty good ...
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What funding is available for undergraduate research in Japan?

I wish to go to Japan for a semester-long research internship in the field of robotics. I am a Canadian citizen. However, I am having a hard time finding what funding I can actually apply for. I ...
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Does being a poorly-performing undergraduate researcher mean that I have little chance of being successful in graduate school?

I am an undergraduate student in mathematics, and I will be starting my third year of university in the fall. I recently attended an NSF "Research Experiences for Undergraduates" (REU) program. ...
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Tips on choosing a research topic with little relative background?

I know this might seem like I'm worrying about something too early, but I am a rising sophomore (undergrad) that is anxious about independent research. I am currently in a physics lab right now that I ...
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Research with Partisan Implications - Is it worth it?

I have good reason to believe that political party X engages in harmful practice Y more than other political parties. The numbers stack up, it fits into the theories presented in other papers, and so ...
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Starting an REU late because of quarter system?

So I am really looking forward to participating in math REUs after sophomore and junior years in college, but I just noticed that since I am on a quarter system I will only be done with finals at ...
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Meeting potential supervisor [duplicate]

I am going to meet a potential supervisor for honours project in 1 week. Its first of a kind meeting for me. I would appreciate any advice on what to expect, would it be a formal or informal meeting ...
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Letter of recommendation from REU professor

When applying to graduate programs in computer science, what are the pros/cons of having the professor who advised your project in an NSF REU in computer science write one of the required letters of ...
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What should I say to my project advisor who thinks I may not get a Ph.D position?

I am an undergraduate student who is looking forward to work in Theoretical Physics in the future and therefore, I chose a project advisor who is a string theorist. But since, my grades are average ...
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Transitioning from engineering to research as an undergraduate RA

I'm an undergraduate about to finish my first year of undergraduate research in CS. This past year has been mostly engineering-based as I learned how things worked in terms of implementation. I'm ...
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How to prepare for attending first conference as an undergraduate?

I'm an undergraduate about to finish my first year of undergraduate research in CS. This past year has been mostly engineering-based as I learned how things worked in terms of implementation. I ...
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How to start researching for a thesis topic [closed]

I'm senior undergraduate student who has just received a thesis project from my professor to work on for a year. However, I don't know where and how to start. What would you suggest? The project ...
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As an undergraduate, how can I explore research topics that may interest me without having a background?

I'm a fourth-year undergraduate looking to apply to graduate physics program this year. My problem is this: I don't know how to pick a study/research area for graduate school. I enjoy my ...
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What do this status on ScholorOne Manuscripts mean? [duplicate]

Its my first research paper under review by IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing Previously the status was Under Review since March 1 2016 and now it is With Associate Editor I come to know ...
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Trying to transition into different undergrad research area, how to approach professors in new area?

I am currently an undergraduate studying Physics and Aerospace Engineering. For most of my time I have been doing research in Applied Physics (optics, lasers, light-matter interactions stuff along ...
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Math Research after undergraduate degree and before graduate school

I graduated with a bachelor's in math a few years ago and this year I've applied to several graduate programs and have been rejected. One of the graduate coordinators gave me some very helpful ...
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How do you leverage a good transcript in PhD admissions?

A lot of the posts here are about getting a bad transcript through PhD applications - my question is the converse. I'm applying to engineering PhD programs and I have quite a good GPA (3.92/4.00), ...
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Dodgy research done as an undergrad [duplicate]

As an undergrad (age 20-21), I had published a paper in a national conference and a poster in an international one on my own - there was no involvement from my college or any professors (there wasn't ...
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What are the potential benefits and pitfalls of leaving tenth grade early to pursue an internship at a prominent research lab?

I'm a tenth grader in high school and I'm passionate about my research in computational neuroscience. I'm in a unique situation, and I'm wondering whether I should leave tenth grade early this year to ...
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What is the Measure of an “Incomplete” Undergraduate Thesis?

My undergraduate thesis was not what I would consider a complete product. I did due diligence in the background and theory of the topic, but while I have attained results, my output of validated ...
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Have I embarassed my supervisors by solving a problem that a PhD student in my group was working on without success?

I'm a bachelor student in mathematics writing my thesis at a small university in the US. A PhD student that has the same supervisor has spent a very significant amount of time working exclusively on a ...
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Is it unethical to edit the text of my undergraduate thesis prior to sharing online?

My undergraduate thesis was completed almost a decade ago and is not available online, nor was any publication made from the findings. I would like to share it online, but looking back on it I notice ...
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What should a student look for in an undergraduate thesis topic/supervisor?

I am an undergraduate student (in maths) looking for a topic and supervisor for my thesis. What criteria should I use to judge whether a project/supervisor combination will make for a good thesis and ...
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How common is it to outsource tedious research tasks to undergrads?

How ethical or common is it for grad students to actively hire undergrads into their lab for the sole purpose of outsourcing tedious labour? Is this frowned upon and is it really any different than a ...
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How to come up with an effective undergraduate research topic - for scholarship?

Winter semesters ends on April 13th. Summer research/classes - May 15th I am a second-year civil engineering student. Juggling between options, I planned on cold emailing many people for job ...
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How to start doing undergraduate research in mathematics when I have limited support from my professors?

I have no research experience and I'm in my junior year of college. I'm very interested in doing research in any field at this point (combinatorics or linear algebra would be especially preferred) and ...
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What can I do if my advisor threatens to take away authorship of my undergraduate research work?

My mentor professor has threatened to take authorship of my work away from me because of a disagreement. Can she do this? Is this plagiarism on her part for not including me as an author? I wrote the ...
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How to recruit strong REU (undergrad research) students from other institutions?

Occasionally we find ourselves with some REU (research experience for undergraduates) money in hand for summer research on a particular project. This funding is allocated for undergraduate students ...
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How do I explain to a prof who is not happy with my actions which were simply a mistake due to miscommunication? [closed]

I had emailed a professor for a summer internship opportunity. He had accepted me and aksed me write a proposal for applying through a fellowship. I replied back putting down some points for my ...
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How to make transition from trade school to graduate degree?

This question is asking how to bridge the gap between knowing programming to research. I'm an undergraduate in a decent BA computer science program at a college with a decent-to-low reputation. Most ...
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Can my undergraduate research thesis be published in a scientific paper? If so, how should I go?

I'm starting my bachelor's degree thesis and i will do some research work. If I achieve good results can my work be published? If so , who should get the credits? I'm afraid that my prof or his ...
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How to most effectively get good at a new topic?

I have recently had a change of interest and would like to focus on a different area within my field. That being said, I want to stress that the area happens to differ quite a bit from my current area....
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Could an undergraduate with an applied physics background get a research spot in a university lab in aerospace?

I am an undergraduate who has a very impressive resume in applied physics related to lasers and ultrafast optics but my major is going to be in the aerospace field. I want to do research in an ...
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Write a reminder about a possible undergraduate project

I am currently doing some research for choosing a topic for my M.Sc. thesis. A week ago I sent an email to an external professor (I mean, not one in my University) asking about whether we could ...
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How to deal with a student lacking commitment

My question is whether anyone has advice for dealing with difficult students. Specifically, if a student is taking up your time/mental energy and you can no longer justify this investment, how do you ...
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How can writing a Review Paper possibly help in the CV of a undergraduate student?

I'm a student of computer science amd I've written a reseaech review article on Fibonacci Sequence which will be published next month in a math journal. All I wanted to know is how will it help in my ...
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How can I tell my advisor that I'm not going to work for free?

I am an undergraduate student of Physics in Spain. This year I have to prepare my bachelor thesis and I also applied for a fellowship with the same advisor to do further research on the same topic. I ...
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If an undergrad maths student publishes a paper in renowned journals, then will he be able to get chance in top universities? [duplicate]

My grades are average and I want to study mathematics in top institutions like cambridge, princeton etc. If I am able to publish a paper in mathematics in high impact journals, then will it be ...
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studying research methodology

I am an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Agricultural business. One of the course I will do is Research Methodology. What is academic research methodology course and what should I expect?
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Likelihood of an undergrad publishing from home [closed]

I am interested to know what the likelihood is that an undergraduate would be able to publish an academic paper (particularly in a STEM field) from home. For the sake of argument, assume they are an ...