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Undergraduate Research at UM
University of Mississippi

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This page hosts resources to help Faculty involve undergraduate students in research projects.


Engaging Students in Research

Programs for Engaging Students in Experiential Learning

University guidelines limit the number of hours an undergraduate or graduate student may work to 25 hours in any given workweek (Monday – Sunday). Exceptions may be permitted when students participate in a program that provides an educational experience as approved by the Experiential Program Review Board.  If you believe your department offers this type opportunity, then please visit the link below and complete the Experiential Program Request Form. Requests are reviewed by the Experiential Program Review Board, made up of representatives of HR, ORSP, Financial Aid, Outreach, Provost’s Office, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, the University Research Board, and other faculty members. Annual reviews are required.


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Assessment Resources

Undergraduate Research in the Sciences: Engaging Students in Real Science, Sandra Laursen, Anne-Barrie Hunter, Elaine Seymour, Heather Thiry, Ginger Melton.

The Ethnography & Evaluation Research group at the University of Colorado has developed the Undergraduate Research Student Self-Assessment (URSSA) instrument. Details about the instrument and validation are available in: Weston, T. J., & Laursen, S. L. (2015).

The Undergraduate Research Student Self-Assessment (URSSA): Validation for use in program evaluation. CBE-Life Sciences Education, 14(3), ar33. DOI 10.1187/cbe.14-11-0206.

Survey of Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE): First Findings
David Lopatto has an ongoing and growing program that surveys undergraduate research students and provides reports to participating institutions.  The survey is available at his Grinnell website.

Assessment and Evaluation of Innovative Programs
By Sandra Gregerman, Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program Director at University of Michigan.

Creating Effective Undergraduate Research Programs In Science: The Transformation from Student to Scientist
Editor(s): Roman Taraban and Richard L. Blanton. Teachers’ College Press, July 15, 2008