How to Get Involved


Before getting started in undergraduate research, students need to ask the following questions:

  • What do I hope to gain through my research experience?
  • What are my interests?
  • What do I know about research in my field?
  • How much time can I realistically commit to working on a research project?
  • Are there particular skills I need to aid me in my research project?
  • Are there courses I should take before doing a particular research project?
  • What type of learning environment do I prefer?

Take the following steps

  • Identify your interest
  • Use online and library resources
  • Develop a project
  • Find a lab, mentor, research job, and funding opportunities
  • Study Research Policies, Compliance, and Procedures
  • Attend research workshops, seminars and symposia


Serve as mentors, trainers and guidance to students throughout the research process and the minimum criteria are:

  • Full-time PVAMU faculty/staff status
  • Expertise in research areas with a terminal degree of Ph.D., M.D., MFA
  • Tenured or tenure-seeking faculty and/or full-time Research Staff
  • Instructors, Lecturers, adjunct faculty based on departmental chair consent
  • Graduate and Postdoctoral students with the consent of their research advisor.

Roles of Mentors

Collaborates with Office of Undergraduate Research to:

  • Organize seminars/workshops/trainings on fund sourcing, proposal writing and research processes.
  • Write letters of support for students’ research and internships
  • Monitor and supervise students research/project activities.
  • Present with students, proposals/research outcomes at different on and off-campus symposia and conferences
  • Publish research outcomes with students in different publication media