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On-Campus Research and Creative Inquiry

Effective June 1, 2021, the Research Operational Plan (ROP) program is no longer required for research and creative activities, both on-campus and in the field. Click here for more information regarding research ramp-up.

Remote Research and Creative Inquiry

We advise students and faculty mentors to develop a plan for remote research activities if on-campus research activities are not feasible.

Students are able to remotely enroll in an SRP 99 course to earn credit for on-campus or remote research activities. For upper-division departmental research contract courses, we recommend contacting your individual department for information.


We understand that remote learning greatly affects the types of research and creative inquiry that may be done. We encourage you to direct students to our center’s website, where we post information about remote workshops and setting up one-on-one virtual advising meetings with graduate mentors.

If you are unsure of how to proceed with your student researchers, you might want to consider working with your students on:

  • Remote research and data analysis
  • An expanded literature review
  • Writing skills across research genres (abstracts, articles, reviews, etc.)
  • Professional development (reviewing CVs, providing guidance for graduate school or research professions)

We have also compiled the results of a survey of spring 2020 undergraduate researchers working remotely. Click here to view a summary of the results and key takeaways.

If you have any questions or would like to speak more to someone at the Undergraduate Research Center about mentorship, please do not hesitate to contact Whitney Arnold (, Jacquelyn Ardam (, or Kelly Kistner ( We will be happy to correspond via e-mail or set up a Zoom meeting.