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For Juniors

Deepen your Research Interests through Junior Independent Work

  • When offered, enroll in your departmental junior methods seminar.

  • Invite a faculty for a meal at your residential college or eating club to ask questions about their research and discuss topics for your JPs.

  • Use your departmental Independent Work Guide to familiarize yourself with departmental goals and expectations regarding independent work.

  • Search the Thesis Archive on DataSpace to explore topics, gather ideas for possible faculty advisers, find sources, gain familiarity with disciplinary writing styles, develop research methodologies for your own independent work, and understand what makes a good independent project.

  • Consult PURC, the Princeton Undergraduate Research Calendar for upcoming seminars and workshops in support of independent work, funding opportunities, important deadlines, and more.

  • Read about how to craft a good research questions or develop an argument in the Writing Program's Writing a JP: the Handbook.

  • Connect your academic work with the research needs of local non-profit organizations through the Community-Based Learning Initiative's (CBLI) many courses, summer research internships, and support for independent work.

  • Incorporate sustainability into your research through the Campus as Lab program. Study Princeton’s infrastructure, operations, or culture to help solve a sustainability challenge right on campus that has global implications. The Office of Sustainability has created a list of Campus as Lab research questions, filterable by discipline and topic, on its website.

  • If you intend to work with human or animal subjects, plan ahead and attend a workshop on the IRB and IACUC approval process.

  • Sample departmental seminars and Ph.D. defenses to broaden your exposure to research in your discipline.

  • Apply to the Undergraduate Fund for Academic Conferences to present your independent work at a conference.

  • Subscribe to the Princeton Correspondents on Undergraduate Research Blog (link is external) to be the first to read student-authored posts on independent work and tips for finding the support you need.

  • Interested in graduate school? Reach out to your faculty adviser, graduate students, and postdocs in your department to find out if graduate school is the right choice for you.  Visit the Career Services website to research programs and learn more about the application process and timeline.

  • Schedule an appointment in WASS (link is external) with Dr. Pascale Poussart, director of undergraduate research, to discuss your research options during this academic year and next summer.

Plan for your Summer Research Experience Early!

  • In the spring, apply for A.B. senior thesis funding through the Student Activities Funding Engine (SAFE) to fund your thesis research over the summer. When applying for funding to the Office of the Dean of the College (ODOC), review the funding guidelines to optimize your chances of getting funded.

  • Browse through the list of existing Princeton-based summer research programs for undergraduates and apply for a research-based internship.

  • Set up a Pivot (link is external) account and use this system to match your research interests to non-Princeton funded research programs such as fellowships and Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) programs.

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