Spring 2021

    The Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships is committed to offering students advising and programming throughout the academic year. We will continue to offer virtual drop-in hours during the spring semester, and we will also be holding virtual info sessions and programming. We encourage you to check our website throughout January and the spring term for more information and a full slate of events!


    General guidelines/policies for URAF’s services, programs, and funding:

    • All enrolled students may seek...
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    Mentored Research Policy for Summer 2021

    Harvard College undergraduates in good standing may participate in on-campus laboratory research. The laboratory PI (faculty host) should add the student to the lab re-occupancy form and ensure that all requirements for COVID safety are met (e.g., masking and distancing, sufficient fresh/highly filtered air flow, scheduling of common spaces and equipment). Students may be enrolled in a summer school independent study course for credit, paid by...

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    Work with Faculty

    Beyond the classroom, faculty members can be important members of your "team." From mentoring research projects to thinking through postgraduate opportunities for study, travel, public service, and more, faculty members can be important resources, mentors, and guides as you think your ideas and options for your time at Harvard and beyond. 

    Apply for Opportunities

    This section of the website aims to provide you with resources and guidance for approaching opportunities from start to finish, from application to final reporting and beyond.

    Diversity Statement

    The Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (URAF) is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive undergraduate community at Harvard College where each student has the tools, access to opportunities, and support to thrive.

    We recognize that each Harvard College student is different and brings to the community the richness and uniqueness of their backgrounds, identities, and experiences (including gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic class, immigration status, nationality, ability, among many other experiences). We also...

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    Find Opportunities

    With so many opportunities for research, study, travel, public service, and more at Harvard and beyond, it's tough to know where to begin! The resources in this section are aimed at helping you think through your ideas and connecting you with resources to find opportunities that fit your goals. 

    Getting Started

    As an undergraduate, there are so many reasons to learn about research and fellowships! Undergraduate students often play vital roles performing research with faculty mentors. At universities everywhere, students explore and expand their understanding of various topics, while developing...

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    Resources for Your Search

    As you search for opportunities, you’ll discover that there are lots of places to look. But, you’re not alone! The resources listed here: offices, departments, centers of learning, and databases can help you narrow down your search to those opportunities that are the best fit for you.

    Campus Partners

    The Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships partners with programs, departments, centers, libraries, and offices all over the university. We encourage you to explore all that Harvard has to offer, from the resources right outside your dorm room to those around the world! In all of these places, you’ll find people doing fascinating work who would love to share it with you.

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    External Resources

    If you’re interested in opportunities outside of Harvard, there are many to be found! The following sites are just a few examples of organizations that host their own searchable databases of opportunities. These can be a great place to start, but don’t stop there! Almost every research institution, including universities, institutes of higher learning, think tanks, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and even corporations have opportunities for undergraduates to get involved in research. If there aren’t specific research opportunities listed on their website, try reaching out to... Read more about External Resources

    Getting Started

    Once you’ve identified a program(s) that is a good fit for you, it’s time to put together a strong application! 

    First things, first: closely read the eligibility requirements. Pay special attention to any age, citizenship, or field-specific requirements. If all looks to be in order, take a few moments to plan out your application. While it is imperative to be honest in your materials, as well as adhere to your own moral and ethical boundaries throughout the application process, you are your best advocate, so don't be shy! Pay special attention to and...

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    Getting Started

    office chairFaculty research mentors can advise you on how to get started on doing research, what research actually entails, as well as where and how it happens. Because they have done research as part of their training to become faculty and are still actively engaged in the work...

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    Identifying and Contacting Faculty Mentors

    Identifying Faculty Mentors

    First, reflect on your interests.
    Want to do research but don’t know where to start? Consider specific topics, people, events, places and things you are curious about. What do you feel most passionate about? What is exciting to you? Once you’ve reflected on your interests, it’s time to start looking for a mentor who can walk you through the research process or help you identify additional resources for your study.

    Search Department and Faculty Research Profile pages or through pages of research programs....

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    Preparing for the First Meeting

    Your first meeting with a potential research mentor is an opportunity for you to learn more about a faculty members research interests, ongoing projects, any collaborators or graduate students or other faculty they work with, and what expertise and guidance they may give you in a potential research project. For the potential faculty mentor, the first meeting is a time for them to learn more about you, your motivations, your intellectual interests, and how they can be most helpful to you. Before you head into your first meeting with a potential faculty mentor, consider the following...

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    Setting Expectations for Working Together

    When working with faculty, either on their projects or on your own independent project, it is important that you and the faculty member clarify the ground rules for working together.

    Consider the following when discussing expectations:

    • Communication: What is the best way to communicate about the project? What mode or combination of modes is preferred (in-person, email, Zoom, phone)? How often will you communicate about a project? Can check-ins be regularized?
    • Duration of work together:...
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