Research for First-Year Students

"The resources, mentorship and support offered by the OUR have been invaluable for me in my college and research career. I'll never forget how supportive the OUR was in my first-year research and beyond. I've been a part of a neurobiology lab for two years, and my lab work has earned me authorship on two papers! I just graduated and will be joining the neuroscience doctoral program at the University of Pennsylvania in the fall." -Lindsay Ejoh (A&S '20)

One of the things that sets Pitt and the Dietrich School apart is the opportunity we provide for students to connect to meaningful research in their very first year. 

First Approaches to Research (FA-R)

This spring, first- and second-year students can participate in an innovative new course—First Approaches to Research (FA-R)—designed to teach students how to connect to research and creative projects across disciplines, interests and methodologies. Discover the tools you need to launch a meaningful undergraduate research career.

You will:

  • Connect with world-renowned faculty mentors.
  • Create a community of like-minded student researchers.
  • Develop the skills needed to conduct meaningful research.
  • Identify funding sources for your independent research.
  • And much more!

Learn more about FA-R.

Connect with the Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (OUR)

You can check out all of our programs in the Research section of this Web site.