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.

Registration deadlines for 499 research credit

Fall 2018:  Monday, September 10, 2018
Winter 2019: Friday, January 4, 2019
Spring 2019: Monday, February 11, 2019

Eligibility Requirements for Students

  • Sophomore, Junior or Senior Standing
  • Approval of Faculty Mentor and Department Chair
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA and completion of any departmental prerequisites

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.

Related documents

499 Registration Form (online)

499 Registration Guidelines

499 Faculty Compensation Policy