Daniel Blumstein
Professor and Department Chair
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

UCLA is a world-class research institution and undergraduates play a very important role in this research. How can you get involved in research?  First, don’t wait until you’re a senior: get involved early and you will meet graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and researchers.  By doing so, you’ll learn a lot about possible future careers (even if you learn that you don’t want to pursue them!).  Second, to find potential advisors, browse departmental websites for faculty research interests and contact those whose research you find interesting. Try to meet with them and see if it’s a good fit for your interests and schedules. Some faculty will want major time commitments; others might create projects specifically with your interests in mind. Third, if it’s not working out, don’t be afraid to look into other labs and other research questions; there’s plenty to choose from and part of your education is learning what you like as well as what you don’t like.  Good luck!