Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning (UREL)

Faculty Registration and Resources

Without faculty support, there are no UREL opportunities for our students, so we start out by saying "THANK YOU!"

If you have any questions or concerns about UREL in CoSM, please contact the Director at cosm-undergradresearch@wright.edu.

You will find below a collection of resources that will help you develop UREL opportunities for your students and help support the ones that you might choose to mentor!

On this page:

UREL Faculty Network

  • Are you a CoSM Faculty member that is committed to furthering and advancing the undergraduate research and experiential learning opportunites for our students?
  • Do you want to be listed at the UREL Student Opportunities page for your department indicating that students are welcome to contact you about UREL related opportunities?
  • Do you want to be kept updated on UREL related events and developments for CoSM such as faculty training events, funding opportunities for you and your students, on-campus research events, grant teams for UREL funding for Wright State, and more? Do you want to participate in a university-wide Undergraduate Research Initiative?

If your answer to any of the above questions is "Yes," please sign up and register for the CoSM UREL Faculty Network. This link will take you to a Qualtrics survey that will generate your network profile. 

Opportunties to Present Student Work at Wright State

Wright State University Undergraduate Research Initiative (UURI)

While the former Wright State University Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) is no longer in place, the Wright State Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, in addition to supporting the annual research celebration, still has funding available for a mini-grant program that would support faculty-student research teams and a summer undergraduate research program. In response to this, the CoSM Director of UREL has convened a University Undergraduate Research Initiative (UURI) with the aim of advising RSP on planning for the annual research celebrations in addition to re-instituting the mini-grant program as well as the summer program. The UURI is made up of representatives from colleges across Wright State. If you would like to participate in the UURI, please contact the Dirctor of UREL at cosm-undergradresearch@wright.edu

Council for Undergraduate Research (CUR)

Wright State University is an enhanced institutional member of the Council for Undergraduate Research. With this membership, Wright State enjoys the following:

  • Unlimited individual memberships for your faculty, students and staff members at no cost to the individual. Learn more about joining.
  • Access to the Registry of Undergraduate Researchers for Graduate School Recruitment.
  • Substantial Discounts.  Enhanced Institutional members receive the highest discount on CUR Institute Registration fees, CUR Meeting Registration fees, and also receive a discount on CUR consulting services.  Free access for up to 10 participants to CUR hosted webinars.
  • Access to CUR's online archive of Webinar Recordings and materials.
  • Participation in the Posters on the Hill.  This highly competitive event brings 60 students with their faculty mentor each year to Washington D.C. to present their research on Capitol Hill. Membership is required for student-faculty teams to apply and the Enhanced Institutional membership allows any individual from your institution the ability to apply.
  • Receive CUR Publications.  A copy of each publication in the 'how-to" series will be sent to all new institutional members.
  • Mentoring Service: Experienced faculty helping others along—this is the essence of CUR.  Individual members can be matched with someone close to their interests, with whom they can discuss job applications, grant applications, tenure documents...
  • Subscriptions to the CUR Quarterly.  All individual members will receive electronic subscriptions.

The Council for Undergraduate Research sponsors several conferences and meetings a year. Some of these meetings focus on developing undergraduate research programming while others provide venues for undergraduate research presentations.

Mentoring Resources

If you want some guidance on mentoring undergraduate student researchers, we have provided some excellent resources to help you develop and hone your mentoring skills. Remember that the positive impact that a UREL experience can have on a student is largely affected by the quality of mentoring that they receive. You can also use these resources to help prepare fellow faculty colleagues for mentoring undergraduate student researchers.

How to Post a Job Position with Career Services and Hire a Paid Undergraduate Student Researcher

If you want to hire a student as an undergraduate research assistant and pay him/her using funds from a grant or other source, that's great! You will need to do a few things, most of which involve some leg work with Wright State Career Services.

  • Secure funding (most often from research grants).
  • You will need to work with Wright State Career Services to post a job.
  • The forms you need to post the job and to complete the hiring process can be found on the Career Services Supervisors: Forms page.
  • Once you submit the paperwork to Career Services, they will notify you when your new position has been posted and is being advertised on the Career Service Website. At this time, they will also inform you how long you have to wait (normally 5 business days) before you can make an official hiring decision.
  • It is a good idea to meet any student candidates prior to your decision and discuss the work that they will be doing, your expectations, and what their expectation are.
  • Once you have made a decision, hiring forms need to be completed. 
  • Note that the paperwork requirements are different for a student who is working on campus for the first time as compared to someone who has worked on campus before.
  • Both the student employee and the supervisor must complete the Student Authorization form. More information and forms can be found on the Career Center's page.
  • On this form, you will need to provide FOPAL numbers so your student can get paid.
  • Also, you will have to designate who is going to be the Timesheet Approver. Every other Friday, someone has to login to Wings and approve the student's time sheet submission so that they can get paid on time. Some faculty prefer to do this on their own while other ask departmental administrative staff to do so.
  • A word from the Director of UREL's own experiences, it is a good idea for you to ask your student to send you a detailed summary via email of the activities/accomplishments/work that support his/her time sheet submission.
  • Once the paperwork is done, your student must take it all to Career Services. They have designated times to process student employment forms so have your student call to verify their processing hours, (937) 775-2556.
  • Make sure that your student registersas a CoSM UREL student.
  • Encourage your student utilizes the UREL Resources page.