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Undergraduate Research: Guidelines for contacting faculty

Contacting faculty

Guidlines for reaching out to faculty members about their research

How to contact faculty

As you would when applying for jobs, you will want to contact several faculty members. We recommend reaching out to 5-10 different labs, BUT do your homework!

  • Identify people or programs that align with your research interests. You don’t have to stay within your department.
  • Once you identify a lab you are interested in, spend time learning about their research. When the time comes you will sound genuine and well informed.
  • Start sending emails and take time to read over the Do’s and Don’ts when emailing faculty about their research.


Don’t be hesitant to reach out to faculty. They aren’t mad scientists and they want to help you.

If you don’t know where to start, follow our guidelines and tips.

Mad scientist

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