If you believe that you have made an invention, you should review your findings with your supervisor and determine if there are any obligations to a third party, such as the sponsor of the research or a co-inventor of the discovery. Your subsequent actions may be governed by such factors.
You and others involved in the discovery must consider whether you are obligated under University policies or contract with the research sponsor to disclose the invention to the University. In addition you must consider whether you are interested in pursuing commercial development of your discovery. Publication of the discovery prior to filing for patent protection will seriously diminish, if not eliminate, the commercial value of your discovery.