Research experience is an integral component of a graduate school application. Getting involved in a meaningful research experience as soon as possible during Bridge years is crucial, from selecting a viable research area and supportive mentor to becoming fully immersed in the research culture.
- Find a mentor who matches the student’s research interests and is willing to be attentive and go the extra mile if needed.
- Rotate students through labs in order to give them the opportunity to explore various research groups without making a commitment.
- Encourage or require students to attend a research seminar surveying different disciplines within the department.
- Integrate students into the research group by having them attend weekly group meetings.
- Assign students to a research project of appropriate scope.
- Have students present their research at group meetings or in a journal club.
- Schedule regular meetings with faculty research mentor.
- Balance time commitment for coursework with meaningful engagement in research. If the student is struggling in one or more courses, adjust research engagement expectations to attending group meetings and learning the relevant literature.