Visit the job center. The UW-Madison Job Center often lists positions for undergraduate researchers or undergraduate assistants, but you have to know where to look. Listings can be vague, so look into posts with titles such as “Assistant” or “Research.” Generally, you will find what you are looking for under the following categories:
- Health Care-Medical
Look on your departmental webpage and start emailing faculty whose research is interesting to you. Follow these tips to make sure your writing is strong, clear, and concise:
Apply for summer research. Often, labs will be looking for more help during the summer months. Because many undergraduates have more flexibility in their schedules during the summer, this might even be a better time to transition into a new job. Try visiting the Discovery Portal database 4-6 weeks before the spring semester ends and apply for any opportunities that interest you. You can look at other universities for opportunities too! Many students spend their summers on other campuses conducting research. Apply online to CIC’s Summer Research Opportunity Program to be eligible for opportunities at 15 member universities, or look into programs at other universities on your own.
Take any available position. An undergraduate lab assistant position typically involves lab maintenance and organizational work, and can be a gateway to undergraduate research. Sometimes labs just don’t have space or funding for more researchers, but you can get your foot in the door by learning the general operations of the lab as an assistant. If you take this route, be sure to make it known you are interested in doing research in that lab! Talk to your peers who are already in a lab and ask if they know of any openings. This way, you might find an opportunity before even before a job posting goes up!