Can you do research online? Yes!
Undergraduate students can have rich and rewarding research experiences working remotely with their faculty mentors. Students may choose this option for various reasons (ex. completing their degrees online). Depending on your research topic and strategies, you may be able to complete an entire research project remotely, or you may be able to contribute to specific parts of a research project. Remote research projects may include literature searches, statistical analysis, manuscript writing, etc. Whatever your focus and reasons for working on research remotely, you will want to ensure that you are working closely with your faculty research mentor and communicating regularly.
If you don’t already have a faculty research mentor, you’ll need to find one willing to work with you remotely. Students who participate in the OUR Works! program will be matched with a faculty mentor. Other students should set up appointments with professors to talk about research opportunities.
Download and review OUR's Best Practices for Remote Research Experiences and using Technologies for Connecting with Your Research Mentor:
Examples of Remote Research
Below are some examples of UWF student research projects conducted remotely.
The student examples were presented at the 2020 Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) Celebration Week. Visit the SURP page to learn more about the program and projects. And view even more remote research project presentations on the UWF 2020 SURP Celebration Week Exhibit.