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Undergraduate Research:

Both Undergraduate Research and Directed Reading consist of working with a faculty member and conducting literature review and summary. In addition, Undergraduate Research aims to explore a student's independent question(s).

To earn undergraduate research credit in replacement of the required internship, students must meet the following requirements:   

  • Have/maintain an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Contact a faculty member about conducting research in an area of interest 
  • Draft a research proposal with the help of a faculty member
  • Complete the ENVST Undergraduate Research Application 
  • Faculty mentor will receive the Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor Agreement via email (from ENVST Program)
  • After research is completed, faculty mentor will receive the Undergraduate Research Evaluation Form via email (from ENVST Program)

Do you need help coming up with an idea for a project? Identifying potential faculty mentors or reaching out to those mentors? Writing your research proposal? Preparing for a presentation on your research?

Make an appointment with an Undergraduate Research Advisor at any point in your academic career.

Undergraduate research - General appointment

To earn undergraduate research credit as elective credits students must meet the following requirements:

  • Contact a faculty member about conducting research in an area of interest 
  • Draft a research proposal with the help of a faculty member
  • Complete the ENVST Undergraduate Research Application 
  • Faculty mentor will receive the Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor Agreement via email (from ENVST Program).
  • After research is completed, faculty mentor will receive the Undergraduate Research Evaluation Form via email (from ENVST Program).

Do you need help coming up with an idea for a project? Identifying potential faculty mentors or reaching out to those mentors? Writing your research proposal? Preparing for a presentation on your research?

Make an appointment with an Undergraduate Research Advisor at any point in your academic career.

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH - GENERAL APPOINTMENT

 
  • Write an introductory email to a faculty member conducting research in an area of interest including a brief (1-2 sentences each) description about why you are interested in conducting, background of relevant coursework, questions you hope to address and/or skills you hope to gain via research. Politely inquire if any opportunities exist. Attach a current resume or curriculum vitae (CV). This expectation may not apply to students who already have a working relationship with a faculty mentor or who are responding to a posted research opportunity. 
  • Draft a research proposal with the help of a faculty member. We suggest formatting your proposal based on the instructions given by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). Submission of a proposal to the UROP is optional.
  • Once the student has secured a research project AND faculty mentor, submit Undergraduate Research Application to receive an add code for ENVST 5000 to earn academic credit for your research. 
  • Apply for the travel and/or small grants funds through the Office of Undergraduate Research to support research efforts (as needed). See details below.
  • Conduct the proposed independent research with a faculty mentor within the proposed timeline.
  • Be professional (courteous, responsible, respectful, prompt, and responsive) at all times.
  • Adhere to policies set forth by the faculty mentor/host lab.
  • Maintain clear and open communication with faculty mentor and ENVST mentor (the two may be the same)
  • Contact Dr. Jennifer Watt as soon as any concerns or problems arise
  • Present a research poster at the College of Social and Behavioral Science Research Day (Usually held Spring Semester)
  • If applicable, apply for Undergraduate Research Scholar Designation (URSD). This expectation applies only to students who have conducted two semesters of research. See details below

  • Complete the Undergraduate Faculty Mentor Agreement form that will be sent via email by the ENVST Program
  • Provide assistance to student in developing the research proposal, including clear indication of timeline for completion
  • Provide clear descriptions of student's duties and provide feedback on student progress
  • Educate student about background information and methodologies needed to conduct the proposed research
  • Assist student with troubleshooting
  • Maintain clear and open communication with student and ENVST mentor
  • Contact Jennifer Watt (jennifer.watt@envst.utah.edu) as soon as any concerns or problems arise
  • Complete the Undergraduate Research Evaluation form that will be sent via email by the ENVST Program

  • Distribute research opportunities announcements
  • Assist student with assessing potential faculty mentors with whom research could be conducted
  • Provide suggested coursework for student to be prepared to conduct research
  • Maintain clear and open communication with student and faculty mentor
  • Address concerns raised by faculty mentor or student

Search for current research opportunities with the Office of Undergraduate Research to browse possible research projects. If you find a project you are interested in, contact the faculty listed on the project. 

 
Last Updated: 5/1/20