Sometimes it can be difficult to know where to look for a faculty mentor if you are trying to get involved in research for the first time as an undergraduate. This challenge motivated the creation of UNLEASH, a collection of research profiles from faculty across grounds at UVA who have expressed an interest in mentoring undergraduate students in research and creative inquiry.
UNLEASH has two main components: a way to search for faculty mentors and an application portal. The faculty mentoring undergraduates page can help students identify faculty that align with their interests by allowing them to search based on discipline or keyword. Students can then use the application portal to send prepared materials to faculty with whom they would like to work. The application portal directs students to upload a resume and cover letter for up to 3 faculty. Students have the option of either sending their materials (a) directly to the faculty or (b) to the Office of Undergraduate Research for a consultation regarding their application packages.
UNLEASH is intended to help students overcome the initial hurdle of finding and reaching out to potential mentors. Faculty may or may not have the capacity to take on new students, and UNLEASH does not have associated funding for student research positions. If you are interested in funding opportunities or structured programs, you can visit the Office of Undergraduate Research’s webpage for more information.