Modes of Inquiry course (IDST194)

A one credit pass-fail course open to all students (no prerequisites). Students learn to “host” faculty speakers who will discuss their original work, how they became interested in the field, the methods they use, the satisfaction they derive (and the difficulties they have faced), and how undergraduates can get involved. Students interview faculty prior to the class, and post a background summary on the course website. Students who are engaged in research discuss the value of those experiences and offer advice about getting started and finding a mentor. This course meets one of the requirements of the Carolina Research Scholars Program (CRSP). Faculty are invited to participate by the OUR, and if you are willing to contribute to the class, we would love to hear from you (

Research Methods Courses

Many departments offer courses that include training in specific research methodologies. These courses will teach you the methods that scholars in a given discipline use to ask and pursue research questions. Please consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies in your major department if you have specific questions about courses that teach research methods.


Research-Intensive Courses

Every department offers courses in which over half of the course is devoted to students conducting original research and presenting research conclusions. Many of these courses are numbered 195, 295 or 395 (these course numbers are reserved for undergraduate research experiences). You should review the course catalogue to obtain course descriptions and specifics about any prerequisites for these courses, since each department is responsible for their own course offerings. Each semester, most departments also offer other courses which have a substantial research component, but since the amount of time devoted to the research component can change depending on the particular instructor, those courses are not listed here. Questions about specific courses should be addressed to the Director of Undergraduate Studies of the relevant department (in the College), or to the person in charge of undergraduate studies in the professional school that is offering the course.

Following is a partial listing of research intensive courses that you may used toward earning the Carolina Research Scholar designation on your transcript (visit the CRSP page for more information and to register for the program).

Please choose a department/program:

Research-Exposure GRC Courses

Many courses include research experiences, often with a graduate student who serves as a consultant to help you with the research project. These “Graduate Research Consultants” (GRCs) are only there to coach you—they do not grade your work. For course titles and faculty who have taught courses with GRCs, see this list of Research-exposure GRC courses (.pdf).

Request support for your workshop related to student research.

Research Methodologies in the Arts: A Roundtable for Undergraduates
Thurs., Jan. 31, 2013; 5:00-6:30pm; Graham Memorial 039

What does research look like in the Arts? How do scholars conduct research in these disciplines? Are you interested in Art, Music, or Dramatic Art but wondering how you would develop a research project in your area of interest? Join us for this roundtable and explore the answers to your questions.

Adam Versényi (Milly Barranger Distinguished Professor of Dramatic Art), Anne MacNeil (Associate Professor of Music) and Beth Grabowski (Zachary Smith Distinguished Term Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Studio Art) will discuss the research methodologies and approaches in their fields, describe undergraduate research projects conducted by Carolina students, and provide advice and guidance for undertaking research in the Arts. You’ll also have an opportunity to ask your own questions and engage in conversation with the panelists.

Please register by emailing Donna Bickford, Associate Director in the Office for Undergraduate Research, at

Pre-Symposium Preparation Workshop
Spring 2013; Location TBA

Are you presenting at a poster session or giving a platform talk during the Celebration for Undergraduate Research on April 15, 2013? Please plan to join us at the Pre-Symposium Preparation Workshop. This is an opportunity to practice your poster presentation, get tips for your platform talk, and learn to ask and answer questions about research. The workshop will be held in spring 2013, location TBA. Contact us at if you have any questions.

SURF Proposal Development
Tues., Jan. 29, 2013, 5:30-7pm; Student Union, Room 3408

Image of SURF panel discussion In this workshop, you will hear from past Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) recipients about how they developed their successful proposals. There will also be a short presentation by the Writing Center on how to develop proposals, and you will have the opportunity to talk with administrators in the OUR about proposal design, and learn more about SURF Peer Advisors who can give you valuable feedback on your proposal prior to your submitting it. Two workshops will be held: one on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, and one on Tuesday, January 29, 2013. The location for each workshop will be announced.

Navigating the IRB Process at UNC-Chapel Hill for SURF Recipients
Tues., April 9, 2013, 5-6:30pm; Location TBA

If your research will involve human subjects, then you must obtain Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval before you can conduct your study. This workshop designed specifically for SURF recipients and the workshop facilitator will take you through the steps of the IRB process, explain the rationale behind the questions you need to address, suggest resources, and answer your individual questions. This workshop will be especially useful to students who are doing research or planning to do research in the social sciences, arts and humanities. You'll also have an opportunity to meet other undergraduates who are doing research.