What is Student Research and Creative Activities?

Student research is an extra-curricular activity, where students collaborate with faculty mentors on an original project, while making new discoveries, developing critical thinking and communication skills, and transforming the student's educational growth. Student research takes place at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and takes different forms according to the student's discipline, like scholarship or creative activities. Graduate Research is a structured activity, where the graduate student conducts an independent project leading towards their degree objective. While, Undergraduate Research is not required to earn a Bachelor's degree, it may be required to become competitive for admissions into graduate or professional programs, even the workforce.

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How to Approach a Potential Research Mentor

1. Go to Office Hours

Office hours are scheduled time outside of class where Faculty members meet with students. While office hours are times when you can meet with your professors to discuss the class material, you may visit faculty to discuss other interests you have, including research opportunities.

2. Email

An alternative to Office Hours is to reach out via email first. If you decide to email potential faculty mentors, you must follow the correct email etiquette in order to get their attention. For a detailed description on how to effectively communicate with potential faculty research mentors, visit our template:

How to Request Undergraduate Research Experience by Email

Student Information and Resources

Research experiences involve students in planning, conducting, and reporting original discoveries. Research takes many forms, lets you apply your classroom knowledge and your passion for learning in the real world, gives you the opportunity to work alongside a faculty mentor, and prepares you for graduate programs. Often, students are paid when involved in structured, mentored research experiences. Here on campus, we have several research-training programs designed to prepare students for research careers, including the Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) Scholars program, the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program, and the McNair Scholars. Summer research opportunities, also known as Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU), provide opportunities to perform research in different locations. For more information, visit us in LIB 2026.


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Share Your Research

The method for presenting research work is decided between the faculty and the student researchers. These methods include poster and oral presentations in local, regional and national meetings. The focus of these presentations is to disseminate new knowledge generated through the research experience and contribute to the ever-growing body of knowledge. SRC, together with the Office of Research Affairs and Academic Affairs, hosts two annual events for students to present their work: (1) the Provost’s Fall Research Forum and (2) the Student Research Spring Symposium held in spring. SRC also offers workshops on “Designing and Presenting Effective Research Posters” and “How to Give an Effective Presentation”.


Students Involved in the Student Research Center (SRC) 

SRC works with Sac State student researchers. We offer several ways for students to participate and promote the mission of our center. We also help students with their course-based research projects. To learn more about students currently working at SRC or to learn how you can get involved, click here for more information.



Other Information 

2017 Student Research Symposium Winners

SACNAS at Sac State - A student organization for researchers looking to build a sense of community on campus. For more information, visit our Facebook page @SacnasatSacState and PM.

Pathways Fellows Program

Peer Minigrant Program

SRC Highlights


Updated: 5/31/2018