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Students can earn course credit for working with a faculty mentor on a research or scholarly  project or creative investigation that is completed independently. The for-credit option may be especially attractive to students who are enrolled for less than 18 credit hours in a semester. 

Typically, students conduct an independent project under the guidance of a faculty mentor. They can also collaborate with faculty mentors on an ongoing faculty research project. This directed undergraduate research, scholarship or creative investigation will culminate in a conference presentation, journal article, or other creative/scholarly project. 

Uniform course names and numbers have been established to designate participation in independent undergraduate research/creative activities across all departments: 

  • Beginning Undergraduate Research, Scholarship or Creative Investigation—DEPT 195
  • Intermediate URSCI—DEPT 295
  • Advanced URSCI—DEPT 395
  • Senior Thesis Level URSCI—DEPT 495

Students must obtain prior approval from a faculty mentor before they can register for any of these independent research courses. Projects completed as part of a class assignment are not eligible for URSCI credit.

Each course can be completed for variable credit hours (1-3) and can be repeated for two semesters at each class level.

Students are strongly encouraged to present their independent scholarly and creative work at Dominican’s Annual Exposition of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Investigations (URSCI) Expo held each April.

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Research for Credit Application (pdf)