Other UD Opportunities

Other UD Programs

The University of Delaware is also home to many other exciting and interesting programs, such as the McNair Scholars Program and UD Study Abroad, which often incorporate undergraduate research components. Follow any of the links below to find out more specific information about these other programs.  For questions about these programs, please contact the staff listed on their respective web pages below.

Academic Year Research

Students interested in participating in research throughout the academic year generally go about doing so in two ways: as a volunteer or via and independent study. Many first-year students who are still adjusting to life on campus opt to begin their careers as researchers by volunteering for a faculty member: this type of research work allows for much greater flexibility with the work schedule and required time commitment. While you will not receive any official recognition for your work, volunteering at the start of a project can help you to get an idea of whether or not you are really interested in a particular project, and you can then work more fully on it in the future.

Getting research for credit during the fall and spring

 

Option #1 Stuff to consider Number of credits & grading What you have to do
Register for an independent study in your major. Talk with your academic adviser to see if the credits will count toward your major, or to at least ensure that doing this won't mess up the credits for your major.  (It usually doesn't.) 0-6 (your choice) /
At the end of the semester, your faculty mentor will give you a letter grade for this course, even if you take it for zero credits.
Fill out the link “Discovery Learning/Independent Study (including Course Titling For Special Problem & Independent Study Courses)” at this site: http://www.udel.edu/registrar/forms/
Note:  you will probably have to get permission from your faculty mentor and/or department before doing this, so contact your faculty mentor first.
       
Option #2 Stuff to consider Number of credits & grading What you have to do
Lauren Barsky can register you for Undergraduate Research UNIV 368/468.  The difference relates to your year (junior = 368 / senior = 468). Talk with your faculty mentor what you'll be doing before you register.  Note:  you must already know and have gotten verbal permission from your faculty mentor before choosing this option.  FYI, taking UNIV 368 or 468 for at least 3 credits also fulfills the DLE requirement. 0-6 (your choice)

At the end of the semester, your faculty mentor will give you a letter grade for this course, even if you take it for zero credits.
Send Lauren Barsky your UD ID #, the number of credits to register you for, and an email confirmation from your faculty mentor that they'll be working with you.

 

Getting research on your transcript for the winter and summer terms

Option #1 Stuff to consider Number of credits & grading What you have to do
If you want to get course credit, see if an independent study in your major is available (e.g., ENGL 468). Talk with your academic adviser to see if the credits will count toward your major, or to at least ensure that doing this won't mess up the credits for your major.  (It usually doesn't.) 0-6 (your choice)

At the end of the semester, your faculty mentor will give you a letter grade for this course, even if you take it for zero credits.
Fill out the link “Discovery Learning/Independent Study (including Course Titling For Special Problem & Independent Study Courses)” at this site: http://www.udel.edu/registrar/forms/
Note:  you will probably have to get permission from your faculty mentor and/or department before doing this, so contact your faculty mentor first.
       
Option #2 Stuff to consider Number of credits & grading  What you have to do
Register for the zero-credit course UNIV 369.  You won’t receive course credit, but it will show up on your transcript.  Talk with your faculty mentor what you'll be doing before you register.  Note:  you must already know and have gotten verbal permission from your faculty mentor before choosing this option.

Zero (no tuition!  yay!)  However, even if you enroll only in UNIV369, you are still responsible to pay all University fees associated with Winter Session [Health fee, etc]).

 

At the end of the winter/summer term, your faculty mentor will give you a passing or failing grade for this course.

Send Lauren Barsky an email confirmation from your faculty mentor that they'll be working with you, then register for the course.


A Note about Winter Session: students are encouraged to continue their research over Winter Session, or to begin it at this time and continue on during the spring. The reason we encourage this is because the Winter Session is not usually enough time to become trained and involved with the research process, and to find conclusive results. For the most part, students who conduct research over winter also work on that project during the regular academic year. Research during the Winter Session may be done on a volunteer basis, or as an independent study.