Undergraduate Research

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Courses

Two courses are offered for undergraduate research.  These research courses do not satisfy any degree requirements; however, they may possibly be used as elective courses when transferring.  In order to receive credit for a research course, a student must complete the required course outcomes specified by their faculty mentor within a specified time period.

Introduction to Undergraduate Research - UGR 150 (1 credit)

Description:  In this course, students are introduced to the process of conducting original research.  Projects typically include literature research, experimental design, and experimentation.  This directed study course requires a minimum of 1.4 hours per week.

Objectives (Learning Outcomes):  Students will collaborate with faculty mentors to conduct background investigations and design research projects.  When designing the project, students will consider elements such as safety, required resources, costs, and feasibility.  The project may also include laboratory work.

Grading Policy:  The assessment depends on the scope of each project and will be determined at the outset of the project.  Typical assessments might include a written research report, oral presentation, or poster presentation.

Advanced Undergraduate Research - UGR 250 (2 credits)

Description:  In this course, the research projects are typically more in-depth compared to the projects in the 1-credit course.  Projects typically involve a continuation of a research project from UGR 150, however, this is not a requirement.  This directed study course requires a minimum of 2.8 hours per week.

Objectives (Learning Outcomes):  Students will collaborate with faculty mentors to utilize the interactive process of the scientific method while conducting an original research project.  When designing the project, students will consider elements such as safety, required resources, costs, and feasibility.  The project includes research work and dissemination of the research results.

Grading Policy:  The Assessment Plan will be determined at the outset of each project and depends on the scope of the project.  Typical assessments might include a written research report, oral presentation, or poster presentation.