Principal Investigators Association

New Release: How to Conduct Effective Research with Undergraduate Students

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Involving undergraduate students in your research projects might be the best decision you ever made.

Not only are you gaining an extra pair of hands in your lab, but you’re also enlisting a fresh, young mind and positioning yourself as a multifaceted research mentor.

Graduate students and post-docs aren’t the only students who benefit from working in a real laboratory environment — undergrads are just as valuable to your lab, but in unique ways.

Even undergrads who have a minimum of course learning are very capable of understanding well-defined, focused questions and the techniques necessary to answer them, says Thomas Blackburn, PhD, president of Science Funding and principal of Grants Consultancy in Washington, D.C.

Inside this educational pack, you will find expert advice and best strategies to implement when working with undergrads. Find out what the some of the biggest benefits are from having undergrads in your lab, and apply these recruiting startegies to ensure you find the best talent for your research.


Your educational pack includes these 2 must-have products:

Executive Report: Conduct Effective Research with Undergraduate Students (PDF)
(a $199 value)

Undergrads have the distinct advantage of having minds “free from the kinds of pre-cut answers that we all acquire in our twenties and thirties, and they are perfectly willing to ask the kind of naive questions that will either probe your unspoken assumptions or point out places where you may have skipped steps in your reasoning as you set up the problem you seek to address,” says Dr. Thomas Blackburn, PhD, co-author of this report.

The biggest benefit to you of having undergrads working in your lab is the big career boost you’ll enjoy. Your mentorship of undergrads is yet another credibility-building and distinguished facet of your career as a leader and scientist. As you know from your own early years as a student, good mentorship often plays a deciding role in the careers of the most innovative and productive scientists and science faculty, Blackburn notes. 

Inside this 30-pg executive report, you will find insider advice for:

    • How to Manage Undergrads — What’s Different, the Same (pg. 6)
    • Choosing the Right Research Project (pg. 10)
    • Get Your Project Funded with Special Grant (pg. 16)
    • Recruiting Strategies: Attract Talented Undergrad (pg. 22)
    • Examples of Undergrad Summer Research Programs (pg. 27)
    • And More!

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60-Minute On-Demand Webinar: Beyond the Grad Student — Teaching Undergraduates Through Research (a $197 value): 

Undergraduate research is a field of its own, experts say, and you shouldn’t enter it as a second choice to the R01 environment.

So what’s so different between the undergraduate and graduate/postgraduate labs? Not as much as you might think. Nonetheless, you need to know what you can expect from this generally younger group … especially your undergraduate research assistant.

This on-demand training will provide you with the tools and strategies for shaping your undergrad research project results into significant, publishable findings. You’ll learn which techniques, attitudes and research skills you should teach these new researchers.

5 Key Take-Aways:

    • What you need to know to keep your project on track
    • Some funders actively seek to support young scientists … Here’s where to look
    • Networking opportunity: National organizations offer support for undergrad researchers
    • Offer a life-changing experience – How to have a positive effect on your young advisee
    • Learn from youth: Undergraduate research teaches you skills and attitudes that will last a lifetime

Purchase the pack for only $199 $149!

These informational products are brought to you as training tools by the Principal Investigators Association, which is an independent organization. The items presented and their contents are not connected with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or the National Science Foundation (NSF), nor are they endorsed by these agencies. All views expressed are those personally held by the presenter and are not official government policies or opinions.