Involving undergraduates in research can be a very rewarding experience for faculty. Undergraduates often bring enthusiasm and fresh ideas and perspectives to a research project. The research can often be of a "high risk/high reward" variety that faculty would not typically explore. Plus, involving students in a research project usual creates a greater connection with students and fosters a memorable learning experience while generating interest in a discipline.

The Office for Undergraduate Research will work closely with UAB faculty to support ongoing undergraduate research efforts, as well as to assist those interested in adopting a research pedagogy and/or serving as a mentor. The following examples will provide some useful references.

UAB References

Research Experience at UAB
Undergraduate Student Researchers in UAB School of Medicine/Joint Health Sciences labs. UAB Graduate Biomedical Sciences

Research Experience Agreements
Undergraduate Research Experience Agreement - UAB's Science and Technology Honors Program

Undergraduate Research Evaluations (Student and Faculty)
Undergraduate Research Experience Summary & Evaluation - UAB's Science and Technology Honors Program


References from Other Universities

Sample Undergraduate Research Syllabi

Research Projects in a Freshman Writing Course
Dr. Steve Tollefson, UC Berkeley

Discovery Research
Dr. Shana Marshall, College Park Scholars

Undergraduate Research
Dr. Afsaneh Rabiei, North Carolina State University

Sample Student/Faculty Research Agreements

Student-Faculty Research Agreement
by Miguel Roig at St. John's University

Student-Faculty Contract
Case Western Reserve University