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How to Get Students Involved in Undergraduate Research
Updated: 11/29/2023 12:51 PM by John Peponis
Reviewed: 11/28/2023 1:18 PM by Becky Benishek
Instructor guides, strategies, and videos to excite first-year students about getting involved in research.

Undergraduate students can greatly benefit from being involved in research. How can you get them involved?


We developed this suite of videos, instructor guides, and other resources to help faculty and students understand how research can impact their career and service – and connect the power of entrepreneurial mindset to the experience. 



Many instructors across KEEN and beyond have been involving students in their research for years. They came together to develop this package of resources to help first-year students get excited about the opportunity and garner more involvement from them. 


This card is part of a larger package of resources and focuses on early engagement of students. 


Card 3583 provides resources to educate faculty on ways to engage undergraduate students in research.


Card 3619 provides additional videos and instructor guides to be used within classes to help explain different elements of the undergraduate research journey.


All of these cards are open to adaptation and adoption. 



What’s in this card: 

There is a playlist of videos created for this content, which you can view here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvITFYQeu1sEo6gUTNPR9tlAp96F9RG4Z

The following are five modules designed to introduce undergrad students to what research is and how the entrepreneurial mindset plays a role in research. Each module comes with at least one activity to be paired with the viewing of a video exploring the following questions:

  • What is Research?

  • Why Should I Get Involved in Research?

  • What is the Entrepreneurial Mindset?

  • How Does Research Get Done?

  • How Can I Get Involved In Research?

View implementation strategies in the Instructor Tips section.

How the resources are currently being used:


Modules from this card are being implemented at Baylor University, Lawrence Technological University, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in introductory engineering courses and research seminars.

  • Demonstrate constant curiosity about our changing world
  • Integrate information from many sources to gain insight
Creating Value
  • Identify unexpected opportunities to create extraordinary value
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