Going into this spring semester, I knew that I wanted to do research. Getting started, however, was daunting. I had heard my older friends say it was as easy as “applying” or “interviewing.” But who should do research with? Where should I even look? Luckily, Hopkins is known for being a research university. Here are just a few of the resources that are offered on campus:
- Professors: This is really a great place to start. You see them at least a few times a week. Usually their research is related (if not nearly the same) as the topic that they’re teaching on. If there’s one class that you’re particularly interested in, go up and talk to that professor. If they don’t have any opportunities in their lab, they may be able to connect you with others in the field. Every professor that I have talked to is always super happy to help!
- Newsletters: Many majors will post any opportunities on either their website or in a newsletter. It’s particularly helpful because these postings are specifically looking for help and will usually reply faster. Public Health Weekly (out every Tuesday!) was where I found one of my positions.
- HOUR: This stands for Hopkins Office of Undergraduate Research. I wish I knew about this when I was searching, because it is an entire office dedicated to looking for research. It gives you a different list of the department websites. If you need one-on-one help, you can call/email to ask!
- Department Listings: This is what I’d say helped me the most. I really wanted to do research in something that I am interested in, so I searched up different Biology departments at Homewood and the Medical Campus. From there, I read the profiles of different professors and emailed the ones that researched topics that were interesting to me. Not everyone will reply, but many are eager to take on undergraduate students, especially freshman who have another three years.
The biggest thing I learned throughout the process was to just ask – whether this is your friends for their experience or professors for opportunities/guidance. Happy researching!