Between the unknown and known is discovery. It’s this process of discovery that often attracts scientists and mathematicians to their fields. It requires asking the right questions, critically thinking your way out of corners, analyzing the data and being able to say why what your doing is important. The best way to exercise these skills is through the research experience.
If you are interested in the biosciences, you can propose a mentored research project to the BLaST Undergraduate Research Experience. They will award funding to the projects they approve. They encourage students of diverse backgrounds, especially from rural Alaska, to apply.
Sometimes there are paid positions in labs which are advertised through your department and the UAF website.
Research is required as a part of some classes or majors. Talk to your advisor to see if there are classes within your major that focus on developing your research skills.
The honors program has resources to help undergraduates in its program find research opportunities.
This program for rural and Native students who are interested in science, math, engineering or technology requires an undergraduate research project and an internship.
Once you conduct research, there might be an opportunity to present your research at a conference. CNSM offers competitive travel funds for undergraduate and graduate students who have conducted research and wish to present it at a national or international conference.