Online Course Series

The Office of Undergraduate Research hosts online courses for prospective and current undergraduate researchers. The series is currently being developed with one course available for current undergraduate researchers. To register for this course, please register or contact UGResearch@purdue.edu to complete a Form 23.

GS 19501 (CRN 23139) Spring 2019

Preparing for Your Undergraduate Research Experience

This course is for prospective Purdue undergraduate researchers who are interested in conducting undergraduate research or creative endeavors. Purdue students who have not already started an independent research project with a research mentor will learn valuable skills to market themselves to individuals and research programs. Throughout the course, students will develop components for a final application packet to submit to a research team or program they choose.

Course Learning Goals:

  1. Identify professional and personal goals sought from an undergraduate research experience
  2. Learn research skills such as assessing various types of literature
  3. Utilize online and in-person resources and programs to assist in locating and applying to undergraduate research experiences
  4. Evaluate research programs/projects to determine how they fit within personal and professional goals
  5. Create and submit an application/proposal including a resumé and personal statement for research programs/projects

GS 29501 (CRN 23138) Spring 2019

Understanding Your Undergraduate Research Experience

This course is for current Purdue undergraduate researchers to hone skills necessary for successfully reflecting on and completing the experience. During this course, students will utilize their research experience to apply skills such as managing time with a research project, communicating your research, utilizing Purdue Libraries' resources, and providing feedback to peer researchers. Students will deliver and critique research elevator pitches about their own project.

Course Learning Goals:

  1. Communicate research to various audiences with a research elevator pitch and a research abstract
  2. Provide constructive feedback and interact with peers and apply comments to your work
  3. Define skills/attributes from your undergraduate research experience
  4. Develop and expand a network of researchers within your unit and among other peer researchers’
  5. Reflect on and apply transferable skills necessary to be a successful undergraduate researcher

GS 39501 (CRN 23140) Spring 2019

Understanding Your Undergraduate Research Experience II

This course is for current Purdue undergraduate researchers to build upon the previous course and focus on research data collection, analysis, and communication for current Purdue undergraduate researchers. During this course, students will learn and discuss various forms of data and collection practices. Students will develop their own academic poster to present their research project's data and implications.

Course Learning Goals:

  1. Learn about quantitative and qualitative research methods and discuss how to utilize both in a research project
  2. Create and present an academic poster applying data visualization best practices
  3. Reflect on and apply transferable skills of an undergraduate researcher for future success