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faculty flyer2Faculty can request the addition of a Research (R) designation to a new or existing course that meets a defined criteria for research inclusion. The R designation will appear on the student’s transcript allowing confirmation of participation by graduate schools and employers. 

Defining Research Intensive Courses

For a course to be designated as “Undergraduate Research Intensive”, it must meet all of the following criteria. Criteria for undergraduate research courses are based on research, best practices, and the CAS Standards for Undergraduate Research (2009).

  1. The field research course engages students on an original research* project (not a simulation), either contributing to a faculty research project or engaging in an independent research project with a mentor
  2. Students conduct research on an ongoing basis, working an average of 5 – 10 hours/week.
  3. Students gain knowledge of or experience in discipline-specific language, research ethics, skills in research methodologies, and important scholarship.
  4. The learning objectives related to the research experience are clearly articulated related to their field of study, educational goals and/or career and vocational aspirations.
  5. There is supervision and feedback by a mentor who has expertise related to their field of study, educational goals and/or career and vocational aspirations.
  6. The syllabus assignments include reflection assignments and a final synthesis project integrated into the course.
  7. There is an outlet to disseminate the original research (e.g., symposium, conference, scholarly article) integrated into the course.

*At UT, research is defined as an inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline.

Process for Review

Please e-mail the syllabus and other requested materials to Molly Sullivan at as a Microsoft Word or PDF file. Deadline for 2017 and forward will be October 15 of each year.  The request for the R-designation should have already been approved by the home department and in process for college approval before the October 15 submission deadline.

The attached rubric would be used to determine if courses met the seven criteria for consideration. A score of ten or greater would be required to receive the designation, with no entries in the (0) ‘Does Not Demonstrate’ column.

Courses that receive the “R” designation will become eligible to receive support through the campus’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), Experience Learning. Please indicate if the department would like to learn more about support available to this course through the QEP.

Courses will be reviewed every 3-years for continued adherence to the R-designation rubric.

Download Rubric and Application for R-designation

List of current R-designated courses (coming soon)



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