Join PCUR: Five Reasons to Become a Correspondent

One arch for each reason, courtesy of Whitman College.

As PCUR’s inaugural year comes to a close, we have good news and better news. The good news is we’ll keep blogging next year, to help guide you with our personal research stories.  We’re excited to continue advising you from draft to deadline.

The better news is we’re looking for new members – and since anybody is welcome to apply, you must be excited, too. Why should you submit an application to join us next year?  Here are five of infinity reasons to that effect:

  1. You’re reading this blog

If you clicked on a link about undergraduate research, then research is obviously on your mind. And since you’re still reading, you must have spare time to think about independent work. Interest + time = great PCUR posts.

  1. You’ve had (any) research experience

Whether analyzing specimens in the field, collecting data online, or writing a term paper, you’ve learned from participating in a research project.   Your insights could help someone get to or get through a particular stage of independent work – and we’d love to know how. Continue reading Join PCUR: Five Reasons to Become a Correspondent

Introducing the PCUR Blog!

PCUR word cloud

It is my pleasure to introduce you to the Princeton Correspondents on Undergraduate Research! The PCURs are a team of six undergraduate correspondents, from across class years and disciplines, working on research ranging from independent projects to senior theses. Here on this blog, they will share their experiences and insights.

Yet the stories they tell will extend beyond their specific projects. While research varies depending on subject matter, methodology, and discipline, there is at least one common thread tying the process together: it is not a linear path. We begin with a question; we set out on a quest to answer it. Soon enough, we find ourselves navigating sharp turns, unexpected detours, roundabouts, and even dead ends.

This non-linear journey makes the research process more exciting and enriching. And so as these young scholars reflect on the ups and downs of their research, we can all learn something, whether we are fellow students, advisers, or members of the Princeton or global community.

Without further ado, the Princeton Correspondents on Undergraduate Research welcome you aboard!

– Isabelle Laurenzi, Chief Correspondent