It's the comprehensive guide to getting involved in undergraduate research at USask. No matter where you are in your research journey, or if you've just begun, there's bound to be something here for you. Download the printable version or check it out on Usask News.

Approaching professors to inquire about working with them can take a little courage, but most will welcome a conversation if you are adequately prepared.

Prepare: Keep your tone professional in emails and conversations.

Review: Ahead of meeting, check out their research profiles and recent publications

Reflect: Generate some open ended questions to get the conversation going.

Share: Be ready to talk about your research, academic, and career plans. 

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 Find out about local, national, and international funded research experiences here.

An abstract is a brief summary of a research paper, article or grant proposal. The abstract allows potential readers to see if the article or project might aligns with their interests. 

Prepare: Conferences, sympsia and journals often have a call for abstracts for participants to submit.

Reflect: Does my abstract reflect the main themes of my research without overwhelming the reader with too many details?

Share: Clearly describe the original question that prompted the research, as well as the process for resolving the question. 

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Presentation skills are an important part of your success as a researcher, but like any skill they get better with practice. Sharing your research, ideas, and passion with others requires learning how to learn how to present effectively for your context. 

Prepare: Keep your audience in mind to tailor your message in the most suitable way.

Reflect: Decide if visual aids are appropriate for your presentation; think about an everyday means to explain complex material.

Share: Respect the time allotted to you, tell your audience why your research in valuable, and let your enthusiasm show! 

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This guide shows how creative and artistic presentations came be positioned similarly to scientific research trajectories such as poster.

Prepare: Frame your artistic or creative in terms of a research question or source of inspiration.

Reflect: Tell your audience why you explored the topic the way you did; what influenced your artistic choices?

Share: Take your work beyond the studio and reach a broader audience.

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Posters, either digital or physical, are one of the main ways academic information is disseminated. They serve as an introduction to your work and are intended to be concise yet inviting.

Prepare: A poster's information should be simple, succinct, and well-edited. 

Reflect: Does the poster flow in a logical way, starting with a short abstract or introduction?

Share: Pair your poster with a short pitch, do not leave your poster to the last minute, and pay attention to the presentation guidelines. 

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For University of Saskatchewan poster presentations, feel free to utilize eMap's pre-made templates.

Academic challenges, hackathons, and competitions can get you more than just funding and scholarships. They also help you establish networks and gain visibility in your field of interest.

Prepare: Utilize social media, volunteer opportunities, and check out past challenges to find out what might be coming up.

Reflect: Do you have peers and professors who share similar research interests; ask them to get involved or provide feedback on your project plan.

Share: Apply for internal, national, and international opportunities. 

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Planning a poster exhibit or research symposia has many benefits, but requires some advance planning and coordination in order for things to run smoothly.

Prepare: Find out, or decice, how many posters will be exhibited, choose an appropriate location, and think about the desired outcomes of the exhibit. 

Reflect: Get in touch with potential partners. 

Share: Be sure to create and circulate a notice of the event.

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At conferences and other gatherings of researchers, you have the opportunity to form connections and develop contacts that may be useful to you in the future. 

Prepare: Both faculty and student connections can lead to fruitful collaborations.

Reflect: Who are the faculty, graduate student mentors, and peers I can reach out to?

Share: Keep a professional profile online to be able to connect with a wider network of peers, researchers, and faculty after events.

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