Discover your inner explorer
If you’re getting serious about Rutgers, it’s time to get serious about research—more than 60% of our students do. As a Rutgers student researcher, you might assist a favorite professor with her groundbreaking research project, lead a student-run team engineering an invention, or conduct an independent investigation of a mystery that’s always intrigued you. Students who get involved in research gain a deeper understanding of their chosen fields—and add an impressive credential to résumés and grad school applications.
Your freshman year is the perfect time to get acquainted with Rutgers research. Classes and conversations with professors and fellow students are a good start. There are other things you can do too:
- Take a first-year seminar and become familiar with the scholarly method.
- Talk with your professors about the research opportunities available at hundreds of centers, institutes, and academic departments throughout the university.
- Attend undergraduate research symposia, community events where student researchers present and explain their work to visitors.
- Rely on the Aresty Center for Undergraduate Research; as a resource.
By the end of your first year, you’ll be ready to apply for a rising-sophomore summer research program
—and to enter the world of Rutgers research.