I first got involved in research during the summer after my junior year by emailing professors who conduct research in inorganic chemistry; I learned about their research by reading about the projects they had listed on their group websites. Luckily, Professor Yang emailed me back to set up an interview and I was able to start research a couple of weeks later.
I was interested in conducting research over the summer, so I also applied for the California Alliance for Minority Participation (CAMP) Summer Research Scholars Program (SRSP), a STEM program that is offered at UCI every summer. To apply for the SRSP, we needed to find a faculty mentor and make a timeline for our research project. During my interview with Dr. Yang, I told her about the program and luckily, she already had a detailed project that I would be working on with my grad student mentor, Bianca. From then on, I was fortunate to join research that summer and to also get accepted to the SRSP, which offered weekly classes and workshops.