Explore your field
Undergraduate research is the exploration of a specific issue within a field that makes a contribution to the discipline.
Why participate in undeRgraduate research?
Define your career goals and solidify your choice of major.
Improve critical thinking skills and that stand out on a résumé.
Build your network through mentorship.
Prepare for continuing, graduate or professional school.
How to get started
First, determine your interest.
What do you want to do and learn through research? Your research interests can be related to your major or overlap with another College of Agriculture department or school.
Next, find a faculty mentor.
Check out the research our faculty mentors are conducting. Identify four or five faculty whose research interests you, and reach out them about your interest in research. View our list of undergraduate research faculty advisors.
Secure funding for your project.
Your faculty mentor will help you refine a research question, and write a grant proposal to apply for funding. LSU and College of Agriculture have many opportunities for funding and guided research projects.
There are many competitive undergraduate research grant opportunities available to students in the College of Agriculture. Once you have your research topic defined and your faculty selected, discuss funding opportunities with them.
Susan Lindrew, a senior majoring in textiles, apparel and merchandising, has been working on a research project on experimental patternmaking to use the typically discarded portions of alligator hides in fashion.
Kali Elftman is a natural resource and ecology management major researching how to control the growth of ball moss on LSU’s campus.
Michelle Germillion is a natural resource ecology and management major studying the taproot decline of soybeans caused by Xylaria Necrophora.
For more information, contact
LSU College of Agriculture