The job market is competitive, and so is graduate school. You'll want to do everything you can to distinguish yourself during your undergraduate career so that your resume or application stands out. One of the best ways to do this is to maximize the research that you're already doing for your classes. Find other scholars who are interested in the same things you are and make connections. Attend conferences and seminars when you can, and consider publishing your best work. Register with the national Center for Undergraduate Research. Apply for an Eagles SPUR grant with your faculty mentor. And definitely make plans to submit your work to the Southern Miss Undergraduate Symposium on Research and Creative Activity.
Undergraduate Research Symposium
The Undergraduate Symposium on Research and Creative Activity at Southern Miss is an annual two-day event showcasing the outstanding work being done by undergraduate students across the campus. If you have a research project that you have conducted as a student at Southern Miss, this is the opportunity to share your work with your peers. You will learn what it is like to present a paper at a conference, and you can list it on your resume/CV, which is very impressive to both prospective employers and graduate schools. There also is substantial prize money to be won!
Scholarbridge is an online database of scholars—students, academics, and administrators—and is a great way to connect with people all over the country who share your research interests. It's also a great way to network and make connections that will help you as you start your career after graduation. Scholarbridge is free to use, but requires creaing an account.
Student Opportunity Center
Southern Miss maintains a subscription to the Student Opportunity center, a database of over over 10,000 student opportunities of particular interest to undergraduates. Opportunities include events (conferences, seminars, and workshops), publications (academic/student journals) and experiential learning resources (internships, scholarships, and grants). Over 75 majors are represented, and items may be filtered by type, location, and date. The site is updated monthly.
The Student Opportunity Center is free to use, but you must log in with your official Southern Miss email address.
Registry of Undergraduate Researchers
Interested in going to graduate school? The Registry of Undergraduate Researchers, sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research, maintains a database of undergraduate student researchers "to facilitate matchmaking between undergraduates with research experience and a desire to pursue an advanced degree, and graduate schools seeking high quality students who are well prepared for research." (cur.org) Graduate programs from across the nation regularly consult the database for prospective high quality students. Graduate schools pay to access the database, but it is free to students.