How to get started

ASU has become the foundational model for the New American University and is committed to excellence, access and impact in everything we do. You can join ASU researchers to spur change, transform society and engage others. Seek answers to questions of great interest to you. Gather and analyze data that will help you find solutions.

Benefits of participating in research

  • Work in a field that interests you
  • Tackle challenges in your community and beyond
  • Meet with a diverse group of students and faculty
  • Gain knowledge in your research area
  • Apply for research grants and internships
  • Travel to foreign countries to conduct research
  • Use your experiences to choose a future career path
  • Add research projects to your resume

Find your research niche?

You might find it in your major, a long-time passion or in everyday situations. Each field of study can use research to tackle challenges and find solutions.

Decide what interests you

  • Make a list of your interests, even if they may not all fall within your major.
  • Research web sites and explore forums and Research Matters to spark some ideas.
  • Check out our "Search Opportunities" page for a list of opportunities.
  • Start looking for research opportunities in different departments and colleges.
  • Attend research forums on campus to get a sense of the scope of research that is happening at ASU.
  • Talk to students whose research interests you about how they became involved in the project.

Identify a potential faculty advisor

  • Talk with your professors during office hours, visit their web pages and read some of the work they have published.
  • Be prepared with your research ideas when communicating with professors.
  • If the faculty member you contact is not able to work with you, ask for their recommendations of other faculty that might help you become involved.
  • If you are still having trouble locating a faculty adviser, talk to your academic adviser for any suggestions.

There are also many short-term research internships that are available around the country or in foreign countries. Many are offered during the summer and winter sessions. For study abroad opportunities visit the Study Abroad site.