Faculty members have spent many years conducting research, and are well-placed to guide you as you begin exploring research possibilities. To learn more about faculty members’ research, you can attend classes, research publications, attend symposia and lectures, browse websites, frequent office hours. The Core Curriculum is another wonderful opportunity to engage with faculty and learn more about their research.
When you reach out to a faculty member whose research interests match your own, remember to be professional in your communication. If you are e-mailing a faculty member, your e-mail should be brief, formal (including a proper salutation), and grammatically correct. Most faculty welcome the opportunity to speak with students about research in their field, and working with experienced researchers is a critical and enriching component of any research project.