For credit, funding or the experience?

Students can do a maximum of one Undergraduate Research Project(URP) per semester. Students may participate in a URP in three different ways:

  1. For credit (One URP/semester maximum)
  2. For funding
  3. For experience

In special circumstances, students may participate in two URP's and must get Advisor approval.

Applying for URP course credit

Students can earn from one to four credit hours per semester for participation in the URP. The number of credit hours earned is negotiable between the student and the faculty sponsor. If this option is choosen, the student and faculty sponsor need to:

  • Determine how many credit hours the student will earn (1 to 4)
  • Decide exactly what is expected of the student, such as time commitment and the type of work to be submitted
  • Agree on how the grade for the student will be determined

If registration for the term exceeds 21 credit hours after designating the URP credit hours, students will be required to pay for the additional credit hours. During the summer term, students will be billed for each URP credit hour for which registered.

With assistance from the student's sponsor, complete an Undergraduate Research Project (URP) Research Registration Form (4UR) and submit this form directly to the Registrar's Office.

Submit the URP application to the URP Department Coordinator, the Coordinator will forward the complete application to the Office of Undergraduate Education.

All applications with the "Participating for Credit" designation are approved at the Department level. Therefore, no formal approval notification is sent from the Office of Undergraduate Education.

Applying for funding

In the past, students who have participated in the URP for pay have earned up to $3,000 per semester. The majority of participants earn over $400 per semester.

URP funding comes from two sources:

  • Sponsoring faculty member or department
  • The Office of Undergraduate Education

The faculty sponsor or department is responsible for the financial support of the student's research. In addition, the Office of Undergraduate Education pays URP participants up to a maximum of $400 per semester in the form of matching funds.

Applications that are submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Education that do not contain funding from the sponsoring department will not be approved for matching funds.

If this options is chosen, students along with their faculty sponsor need to determine the total amount the student will earn and rate of pay. The minimum hourly rate for the URP is $10 however; the rate that the sponsoring faculty member pays to the student from their funds is negotiable. Decide how much time the student will work; most projects expect eight hours per week not to exceed twelve hours of research per week.

Applications requesting funding from the Office of Undergraduate Education that are received after the application deadline may not be approved for matching funds. However, the sponsoring department's funding will be approved.

The URP application should be submitted to the Department URP Coordinator in the department in which students are working. The Department Coordinator:

  • Reviews the URP application for completeness
  • Completes the student payroll authorization form
  • Forwards the student application and payroll paperwork to the Office of Undergraduate Education for approval
  • Sets up a schedule for reporting the student's accrued hours which should be reported within the same payroll period worked. Pay checks are issued every other Friday.

Applying for the Experience

No deadline specified. Students would have the opportunity to apply to gain the experience of working on a research project.