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08/06/2020 at 09:28PM[edited]

Any ways to get involved with research during Covid?

Are there any ways I can get involved with research during covid-19 so that I can boost my application? Would it be feasible to still volunteer at labs? I'm a rising senior by the way.

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08/06/2020 at 09:41PM

Personally, I have done independent research, and it is probably the safest option as of the present moment. Depending on where you live and what sort of independent research you are doing, you can enter into competitions about your research. (Linked Here is one such example: https://sustainability.asu.edu/sustainabilitysolutions/programs/solutionsfestival/sustainabilityfair/). Right now, it is not feasible to volunteer at many labs due to the fact that there is a global pandemic going on, and many professors are unlikely to take requests for research assistance. Independent research is the likely way to go.

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@adri08/06/2020 at 09:46PM

Note that you probably can't enter the ASU competition... it is just there to show an example of the types of competitions you can do. Additionally, some colleges like Harvey Mudd allow you to submit abstracts relating to your previous research.

@DebaterMAX08/06/2020 at 11:18PM

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@dianechen09/26/2020 at 04:10PM

how do you go about pursuing independent research?

@adri09/26/2020 at 09:39PM
@dianechen09/26/2020 at 10:46PM

thank you so much! do you have a mentor? if so, how did you reach out to them in the beginning?

@adri09/27/2020 at 02:29AM

I did not have a mentor, but I reviewed my research with a local professor. Here was the email i sent:

@adri09/27/2020 at 02:30AM

"Dear []

My name is []. I am an incoming junior at [] High School in [], California. I would like to ask for your help in reviewing a project I am working on as part of my school science fair project, and helping guide me through the next steps that I should take.

Currently, I am working on []

I am linking a pdf to the research report that holds the findings from the initial stages of my research. If possible, could you review my research, and send back any advice or changes that I would need

@dianechen09/27/2020 at 03:03AM

thank you so so much! this is very helpful but also so overwhelming! 😰 i’m leaning towards social science research so hopefully that will be easier to conduct from home! did you get your project approved by an IRB?

@adri09/28/2020 at 02:44PM

I got mine approved by the regional board for my competition. As of right now, these have been canceled in some places, but you should check in your area. For instance, I know that the Santa Clara STEM Fair and the Sacramento STEM Fairs in California are still up and running. You'll likely have to fill out some consent forms.