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Steps to Certification

There are two ways to complete the Research Experience Program (REP) certification: Departmental option or Individual Research Plan (IRP) option.  To earn either type of REP certification, you will be required to complete 4 steps to certification and apply prior to graduation from KU.

Departmental option

The Departmental option to complete the Research Experience Program (REP) requires you to select your coursework from a list of qualifying courses that your department has pre-approved. These courses teach research methods and skills or are research intensive. Some departments also have other requirements in place (type of presentation, length of presentation, etc), so if you pursue this option, be sure you check on the requirements for your department.

Individual Research Plan (IRP) option

The IRP option to complete the Research Experience Program (REP) certificate provides more flexible options to recognize student research experiences.  An IRP is an especially good option for students doing interdisciplinary research or whose departments don't currently offer the REP certificate. Visit the Individual Research Plan tab for more detailed information for students and their mentors.

 

 

 

Step 1: Complete a course with a grade of C or above OR complete a faculty-mentored research/creative experience outside of class.  The research/creative experience should be the equivalent of a 3 credit hour course (an average of 9 hours per week time commitment). For courses:

Step 2: Complete a course with a grade of C or above OR complete a faculty-mentored research/creative experience outside of class.  The research/creative experience should be the equivalent of a 3 credit hour course (an average of 9 hours per week time commitment). For courses:

  • Departmental option: Complete a designated qualifying course from your department's list.
  • Individual Research Plan option: Complete a course that is relevant to your research that you select with input from your faculty mentor.

Step 3: All students complete (at least) one semester of faculty-mentored research/creative experience. 

Step 4: All students present their research/creative project (from Step 3) in a public way.  This presentation should go above and beyond the typical class presentation or lab meeting. Examples of step 4 include:

Step 5: Apply online for the REP certificate!

 

 


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