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What are some ways to get paid undergraduate research?

I know professors typically pay their students, but in my case, my professor had not yet received funding and couldn't pay me himself. Are there other methods?

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Mary Jane’s Answer

If your faculty on campus don't have funding available, you can look off campus. One of the biggest programs for US students in the sciences is the NSF-REU program: https://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/

You can also simply search online using "undergraduate summer research in [your major or area of interest]". Many large institutions have programs that are open to students from other schools. Another resource I like is Pathways to Science which is searchable by visa status and field of interest: https://www.pathwaystoscience.org/

Finally, visit your campus career center to see if they have additional databases or resources to assist you with your search. I would also ask professors in your major if they have any suggestions because they probably know about programs that have taken students from your department in prior summers.

Good luck! My area is STEM and many of their deadlines for application will be in January/February, so if you are in a STEM field, you definitely want to be searching and asking for letters of recommendation now and working on the applications over your winter break.
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Kirstin’s Answer

Try looking into federal programs with in your area of expertise.
https://www.careereducation.columbia.edu/resources/finding-undergraduate-research-position
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