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Undergraduate Research Opportunities at SDSU


Undergraduates participate in the world-class cross-disciplinary research, both creative and scientific, conducted at the San Diego State University (SDSU). Since 2000, SDSU faculty and staff researchers have been awarded more than $1.5 billion in external funding. This provides an abundance of opportunities for research mentors to gain from the students’ hard work, energy, curiosity, and fresh perspectives. Students engaged in mentored research experiences benefit both academically and through career exploration as they engage in the pursuit of knowledge.  In addition, the creativity, curiosity, focus, diligence, verbal and written fluency, and respect for others’ contributions that are necessary to thrive as an undergraduate researcher are critical precursors for understanding and engaging with modern cultural and academic challenges.


Preparing for Undergraduate Research


To get involved in Undergraduate Research, be well prepared. The following suggestions apply to all students interested in participating in faculty mentored research experiences.

Visit Professor Office Hours

  • Go to office hours regularly to ask questions about your class or your instructor's research and/or career path.
  • Build relationships with faculty to learn about opportunities. If you apply for other research opportunities, scholarships/fellowships and future graduate programs, you will need strong letters of recommendation

Read Department Websites and Faculty Bios

  • Find professors who are doing research that interests you and talk to them now.  
  • Look at department webpages to learn about professors’ research topics.
  • Email the professors or go to office hours to ask about their research and what they look for in an undergraduate research assistant.
  • For a sample professional email, click here

Get Good Grades

  • Some faculty require students to have a minimum GPA.
  • Utilize the free Writing Center in Love Library
  • See your Assistant Dean in your college/division to learn about academic enrichment programs and other support 

Connect to Research Opportunities

Click here to learn how you can engage in undergraduate research opportunities,
and connect to summer research internships

Introduction to Summer Research Opportunities 

Attend an information session for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) majors:
 LL 430-431
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017 (12:30 - 1:30 pm)  LL 430-431
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017 (12:00 pm - 12:50 pm) LL 430-431
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National Scholarships and Fellowships

National Scholarships and Fellowships
Division of Undergraduate Studies
Michelle Lopez, Assistant Dean
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive,
San Diego, CA 92182-1623
Phone: (619) 594-2871
Fax: (619) 594-7934