Research for Credit 499

The 499 system provides a means for students to receive credit for conducting undergraduate research, usually during the academic year, as well as a means for compensating faculty who mentor such students.

Note: To receive any support from the Undergraduate Research Program, including being accepted to SURF, applicable approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) must be in place before any data collection from human subjects takes place. View the IRB Web site for more information about this requirement. We expect that students who have registered in 499 will present at SURF at least once before graduating Elon.

What is it? Credit hours with a faculty mentor that enable students to explore research questions and test theories
Who is eligible?
  • Students with Sophomore, Junior, and Senior standing
  • Students with a minimum 3.0 GPA**
  • Students who have approval from faculty mentor and department chair
Is there funding? No, but taking 499 hours makes you eligible to apply for several other UR grants
When is the deadline? Fall: September 9, 2019

Winter: January 3, 2020

Spring: February 10, 2020

How do I apply? Please click HERE for the link to the form

**Students not meeting the GPA requirement may, with their mentor’s co-signature, submit a petition to the Undergraduate Research Program Advisory Committee requesting a waiver of the requirement. The petition should include specific reasoning and an evidence-based rationale describing the student’s readiness for success in undergraduate research. This waiver request should be submitted to the undergraduate research program director in Powell, 108H at least one week prior to the registration deadline.

Experiential Learning Requirement

A student may satisfy Elon’s Experiential Learning Requirement through participation in mentored undergraduate research in the following ways as articulated in the Elon University Academic Catalog:

  • Enroll in 1 credit hour of research (courses numbered 498 or 499) = 1 unit
  • Elon’s Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) = 2 units

One semester hour of undergraduate research credit requires a minimum of 40 hours of work over a number of days appropriate to the specific research setting, to be determined by the faculty mentor. The length of the SURE program is 8 weeks in length and is non-credit hour bearing.

Important Links

499 Registration Guidelines

499 Faculty Compensation Policy