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Getting Started in Research Toolkit

Curious about how to begin your undergraduate research journey? You are in the right place! Below you will find information and resources designed to help you start the process. Enjoy our Getting Started in Research video and schedule an individual consultation to learn more about your next steps.

Ready to Get Started? Let us help! 

These worksheets are used in individual consultations and can help you clarify your research interests and also outline the research journey - start to finish.

Use our faculty research database to identify faculty who have research interests similar to yours.

The Office of Undergraduate Research offers individual consultations where we will explore your research interests, walk through how to find and reach out to potential faculty mentors, and discuss next steps. 

Consultations will be offered for both in person and virtually. Virtual consultations will be facilitated through Teams video conferencing. A weblink will be provided to you in your meeting confirmation email. Please click on the weblink at your designated meeting time to start your appointment.

  1. Log on to
  2. Click on "Make an Appointment" tab (right hand side of the screen)
  3. Under what type of appointment, select "Involvement and Engagement"
  4. Under service, select "Undergraduate Research Appointment"
  5. Then click on the button "Find Available Time"

Please feel free to include comments about where you are in the research journey (curious about research, ready to get started, have a mentor/questions about funding, etc.). This helps us better serve you!

*If the appointment options conflict with your schedule, please contact us directly at with days and times you are available to meet. 


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Researcher Rights, Responsibilities, and Resources

Each campus has a document that provides guidance on your rights and responsibilities as well as some handy resources (research and academic). 

NO forms of discrimination or harassment are tolerated at the University of South Carolina. Policies and reporting of incidents are available through Office of Civil Rights & Title IX.

NSF has also taken a firm stance against harassment and discrimination. For NSF funded projects, please see

Questions? Email us at We are here to help.

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