Undergraduate Research

Mentoring Through Research and Practice

Interested in gaining research and practical experience in the field of communication? Considering graduate school and want to gain valuable experience relevant to graduate studies? If so, you may be interested in the Department of Communication’s Mentoring through Research and Practice program.

This mentoring program pairs undergraduate students with graduate students based on their research interests. The program aims to provide undergraduate students with hands-on, practical experience and the opportunity to develop a close, working relationship with a graduate student mentor.

Ideally, the program helps undergraduate students develop a better understanding of the discipline and their research interests. Undergraduate students can obtain course credit for their participation in the mentoring program.* If you are interested in the mentoring program, you may email the Research Liaison, Lindsay Kelpinski

The video above features a number of doctoral program alumni who served as mentors, as well as former undergraduates who explain how they benefitted from the program. Please watch to learn more!

*Course credit options depend on several factors, including number of communication credit hours completed and student GPA. Please note that availability of grad student mentors depends on graduate student availability and research interests. These factors are evaluated on a semester-by-semester basis, but do mean that we may not be able to match all interested undergraduate students in a given semester.