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.

Many courses include research experiences, often 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 Research-Exposure GRC courses.

Faculty members who are interested in creating a Research-Exposure Course should read the specific information on 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.