Get Involved In RSCA
Get the most out of your degree through Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (RSCA). Here are three ways to get started:
1. Connect with a Faculty Mentor
Try not to be intimidated; faculty are here to help. Here's how to connect:
- Identify Your Interests
Think about what interests you - something you're already familiar with or a discovery from the media or news. Also, be open minded about any projects that come your way.
- Find A Possibility
Explore college and department websites to find faculty members whose research aligns with your interests.
- Reach Out
Send a nice email, approach a faculty member after class, or go to office hours. You can also meet faculty at campus RSCA events.
- Tip: Express your interests, goals, and why you want to work with them. Tell your story! Most faculty members at SJSU love working with students and are open to discussions about RSCA projects.
- Don't Give Up! Ask for Recommendations.
If a faculty member is unavailable, don't be discouraged! Ask if they can recommend someone else. Keep trying! You may have to reach out to several faculty members before you find a good fit.
2. Get Involved in RSCA Programs
SJSU offers many resources and programs designed to engage students in RSCA, including:
- Learning-Aligned Employment Program (LAEP)
- Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)
- Student RSCA Fellowship (SRF), Student RSCA Competition (SRC)
- McNair Scholars Program
- Field-specific programs advertised your College or Department
- Student Organizations in your area of interest
Some opportunities require a faculty mentor, so be sure to reach out.
3. Explore Outside of SJSU
This can be a great way to further your research interests and find funding:
- Check online for community and national fellowships and opportunities
- Get involved in groups and clubs that match your interests