Research-Exposure Courses

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Research-exposure courses introduce undergraduate students to research by embedding a research assignment into course content.

Research-exposure courses require the completion of at least one course assignment which is a fully-realized research project. In such a project, students will pose a research question appropriate to the academic discipline and the level of the course, use methods acceptable in the discipline to answer those questions, and formally communicate their findings to others. The communication of findings might be via a class presentation, a poster session, a website, or other relevant communication activity. Check the searchable database of Research-exposure courses to find out what courses have been offered recently and see how UNC faculty have integrated research into a variety of courses.

Some research courses are taught with a graduate student who serves as a consultant to help students with the research project. These “Graduate Research Consultants” (GRCs) are only there to coach the undergraduates—they do not grade student work. For course titles and faculty who have taught courses with GRCs, see the database of GRC courses.

Faculty members who are interested in working with a Graduate Research Consultant can read more about the GRC Program for faculty.

We have also created a description of the GRC program specifically for graduate students. Many faculty members already have a particular graduate student in mind to serve as a GRC when they create a Research-Exposure course. However, graduate students can also submit a GRC Interest Form indicating their particular research interests and expertise. Submitting this form will include you in the GRC Interest Database where faculty members may look to identify a potential GRC.