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Research

Research for Credit:

This is an opportunity for students to engage in undergraduate research either for credit as independent study. If students wish to pursue this option, the student must elicit sponsorship from a faculty member. Students who receive university credit for research cannot apply for funding.

Timeline:

  • Step 1: Student identifies hypothesis and topic of interest that they want to explore more in-depth, maybe first consider directed reading
  • Step 2: Student identifies if they have the time commitment for this research/project

          * Choose which quarter would work
          * Understand course enrollment deadlines (199 course & Stanford’s Academic Calendar [open enrollment])

          * Faculty can be outside of MCS but the topic should relate to the MCS (learning outcomes) of the program, might require approval through MCS Faculty Advisor

  • Step 4: Student enrolls in the appropriate 199 Independent Study course under the sponsored faculty

          * If approved, will accept a maximum of 3 units towards the MCS elective category or 3 units towards the 15 unit min for Honors
          * Be aware of deadlines outlined in Stanford’s Academic Calendar

  • Step 5: Resources for research:

UAR-
          * Research and Independent Projects
                    - Assemble Your Research Toolbox
          * Make an Appointment
          * Stanford Libraries

                    - Research Support
                    - Stanford Digital Repository - Literature Reviews
                    - Meet Specialists -Get advanced research assistance in dozens of subject areas
          * Sapp Center for Science Teaching and Learning
          * Technical Communication Program
                    - TCP Frequently Asked Questions

  • Step 6: Student may continue research for credit for enrichment purposes

          *Faculty must agree to continue sponsorship
          * Student still may only apply a maximum of 3 units towards the MCS elective category, however units could be applied towards university unit requirements towards graduation. Student should contact UAR to verify

 

Summer Research Programs (cannot request university credit):

This is an opportunity for students to engage in undergraduate research through an approved program or on their own, not for university credit. The student must elicit sponsorship from a faculty member or be accepted into an approved program. Students are eligible to receive funding towards their research (if approved) most programs provide funding in the form of a stipend.

Stanford Off-Campus Learning Opportunities - Research

  • Step 1: Identify type of program:

          * Undergraduate Summer Research in Statistics
          * Math - SURIM
          * CS - CURIS
                    - More information on research in CS
          * Energy - Also has SESUR, MUIR, and SURGE programs
          * Haas Center for Public Service - Community-Based Research
          * Engineering - REU
          * Engineering - SURF

          * Research Opportunities on Campus
                    - Some may be repeated
          * Stanford University Summer Research Programs
          * Global Studies Student Research
                    - Global Research Trips

  • Step 2: See if student meets the eligibility & requirements
  • Step 3: Take note of deadlines
  • Step 4: Apply to the approved program
  • Step 5: If applying for funding outside of an approved program: 

          * Explore UAR Student Grants

          * Get Funded
          * Summer Grant Proposals
          * Global Research  - Funding For Students

  • Each of these opportunities represents significant time commitments and is intended to support a student’s unique full-time effort on a project.

 

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