Recruiting Research Students

How to find summer research students from other schools….

  • We provide a free listing service where research mentors can list positions and students can find them.   This service is primarily for summer research experiences.
  • Apply to be a  CRA-W/CDC DREU mentor.  The Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates (DREU) program was known as the Distributed Mentor Project (DMP) prior to 2009. The objective of the DREU is to increase the number of women and underrepresented groups entering graduate studies in the fields of computer science and engineering.

How to find research students from your own department…

  • Ideally, research opportunities are coordinated and disseminated to students by the department.  A research opportunity “info session” and a website listing all of the opportunities is generally more effective than each faculty member operating independently.
  • Identify and contact students who are doing well in classes and/or exhibit enthusiasm and motivation.
  • Ask colleagues, undergraduate advising staff, and TA’s about prospective students.

Writing a description of your research…

  • Pitch the research both with respect to its significance to you and the potential significance and value to the student.
  • Be specific in what you are seeking.  Describe expectations, hours, wages or academic credit, and potential outcomes.
  • For a good example, see Prof. Robert Keller's "Evolution of Verified Software" project at Harvey Mudd College

Some useful interview questions for prospective research students…

  • What appeals to you about doing research and what do you hope to gain?
  • What are your aspirations after college?
  • Have you been involved in any group projects in any of your courses?  If so, tell me about the projects, your role, and a bit about how the group interacted.
  • What are your extra-curricular interests?
  • What are your competing commitments and how much time can you realistically allocate to research?
  • How long would you like to participate in this project (e.g., one summer, one semester, multiple years)?

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