Engaging Students in Research

Programs for Engaging Students in Experiential Learning 

University guidelines limit the number of hours an undergraduate or graduate student may work to 25 hours in any given workweek (Monday – Sunday).    This limit does not apply to students participating in an a program that provides an educational experience as approved by the Student Experiential Program Review Board.  If your department does or would like to provide such an experiential learning opportunity for students, and would like the option to pay students for participating in this experiences, OR include high school students, OR both, then download and complete an Experiential Learning Program Request Form and submit via email to studentprograms@olemiss.edu for consideration. 

Requests for programs where students will be paid are reviewed on the second Tuesday of each month by an Experiential Program Review Group made up of representatives of HR, ORSP, Financial Aid, Outreach, Provost's Office, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, the University Research Board, and other faculty members. The Group's decisions and/or recommendations will communicated with the contact provided on the request form.  Unless otherwise noted, recognitions for programs expire each year; annual renewals are required.

See Flow Flow Chart for Paying UM Students (with appendices).

Providing Summer Research Experiences for Non-UM Students: GRAD 400 Research Internship Special Experience

Faculty members or departments wishing to provide a summer research experience for students from other institutions may work with Graduate Dean Annette Kluck to set up a variable-credit course in their department. Non-UM students can have their tuition scholarshipped for this experience. See attached example course syllabus.

Engaging High School Students in Research

The Rebel Research Scholars program is avaialble for supporting summer and academic year programs involving hosting high school students on campus. Please see the Resource Guide for Involving HIgh School Students in Research, the Rebel Research Scholars Toolkit/Flyer, and the Rebel Research Scholars Minors Supervision of Pllanning Form; the latter should be submitted to studentprograms@olemiss.edu for review at least one month before the beginning of the proposed HS program.

Housing for Summer Undergraduate Research Participants Not Enrolled for Summer Credit at UM
 
The Department of Student Housing will provide campus housing accommodations for undergraduate experiential participants in UM summer research and creative scholarship programs, including participants who are not UM students and participants who are UM students, regardless of summer enrollment status.  Please see Housing for Summer Undergraduate Research Participants
 
COVID-19
 
On March 10, 2021, after approval from UM leadership and the Parameters and Protocols Committee, the Events and Activities Task Force issued the “UM Camps, Conferences, and Summer Programs: COVID-19 Planning Framework.” The Planning Framework offers guidance and considerations for various aspects of stand-alone, day camp, and residential programs that should be addressed in each program’s COVID-19 Readiness Plan. (All programs will be required to submit a COVID-19 Readiness Plan and Program Schedule to the Events & Activities Task Force for approval by May 1, 2021.) It is possible that guidance in the Planning Framework could shift as we approach summer. If ORSP learns of such changes, we’ll be sure to communicate them on keepdiscovering.olemiss.edu. For now, the framework is built on current campus protocols and Mississippi Department of Health and CDC guidance. Note that, on 3/22/21, a standard COVID-19 Compliance, Liability Waiver, and Assumption of Risk Addendum form was made available for summer program directors, as was as Summer Program Medical Informed Consent and Covid-19 Acknowledgement and Waiver form, to help comply with the Framework’s guidance that all programs are required to have a signed, General-Counsel’s-Office-Approved form on file with appropriate emergency contact information, medical consent, and acknowledgement of risk for all participants. The Framework, as well as the forms, are available in Box here.
 
Contact Information:
            Jason Hale, Director of Research Development (Office of Research and Sponsored Programs)
            jghale@olemiss.edu 
            662-259-0544

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