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Undergraduate Research Criteria

  To qualify as an Applied Learning Experience in Undergraduate Research:

  • Projects may be sought independently (for example, as a paid research technician) or as part of a course (to include Independent Study or Problems-type courses).
  • Students must have a faculty mentor whose responsibility is to actively guide student researchers in the methods of their disciplines
  • Projects must be original, or have an original component, so they have the potential to contribute new information to the discipline
  • The ultimate project goal (fulfilled or not) must be that the results will be shared with others in the form of a publication or presentation
  • Each student must spend at least 35 hours on the experience.
  • Project proposals must include:
    • The question to be addressed
    • The role of the faculty mentor
    • An outline of methodology to be followed
    • Expected results and their significance to the discipline
    • A plan for how the results will be published or presented