Current Scholars

Important Dates

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  • Mid-Spring – Late Summer: The URS Application is open from mid-spring to late-summer. Applicants are informed on a 2 week rolling basis of admission status.
  • Throughout the summer students can learn more about URS during SOAR Red Gym walk through, admitted students events, or by emailing our office.
  • Beginning of Fall Semester: All Scholars must attend a group URS Orientation during the first week of classes. Seminars take place every Wednesday from 5:30-6:30pm. You will receive an email with orientation and seminar enrollment information.


  • First weeks of September: All Scholars receive the URS research and creative practice opportunity project list.
  • Mid-September to Early October: Scholars conduct informational interviews with prospective Mentors and sign a Scholar-Mentor Contract to establish a working relationship with a Mentor.
    • In seminar, Scholars study different research methodologies, and discuss mentorship.
  • September-December: Scholars will attend weekly seminar.


  • Late December: The Undergraduate Symposium application opens.
  • Late February/ Early March: Applications for the Undergraduate Symposium are due. All Scholars MUST apply for the Symposium by this hard-and-fast deadline. There are no exceptions. We recommend that Scholars work ahead, because Mentors schedules are increasingly busy and unpredictable.
  • April: The Undergraduate Symposium occurs. All scholars must present at the Symposium. No exceptions. For more information about  the Undergraduate Symposium, click here.
  • Late April/early May: URS hosts an End-of-Year Reception for all Fellows and Scholars.
  • Last Wednesday of Spring Semester: Final research/creative work papers are due during the last seminar of the year.


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Credit Hours

The Inter L&S 250 course permits registration for 1-3 credits. The number of credits a scholar registers for depends on how many hours per week the student will devote to the assigned research or creative project.

Working 1-3 hours per week earns 1 credit per semester.

Working 4-6 hours per week earns 2 credits per semester. The majority of students should register for this many.

Working 7-12 hours per week earns 3 credits per semester. Some projects will require this many hours worked.

Please contact the Program Director for their assistance if your mentor prefers that you register for directed study or special problem credits under the Mentor’s supervision in their academic department.

Changing Number of Credits

During the first two weeks of the semester students can change their number of credits in MyUW without additional steps. After which to change the number of credits will require student to fill out the Course Change Form. Students must then bring this form to the URS office for approval.The form must then be dropped off at the student’s respective academic dean’s office.

Registering for Inter L&S 250

Once admitted to the program, you will receive either an email with the five digit course number mentioned in that letter. If you were admitted but did not receive the 5 digit course number please contact us right away.

Go to the your MyUW, then go directly to the “course enrollment” tab and in the “enter class number” add the five digit number you have been given. Add your seminar  to the cart. Select the number of expected credits. Continue hitting “next” until enrolled. Note that you will not be able to “search” for Inter L&S open sections.

Inter L&S is a variable number credit course. You should register for 2 credits initially and final number credits will depend on the research opportunity you join.


Seminars are small groups (15- 18 students) that work with upper class peers or Fellows and seminars are lead by 2 co-Fellows. Students remain in the same seminar for both semesters.

The purpose of these classes are to explore research and creative practice’s impacts on the world. Additionally, to build professional and critical thinking skills. 


The research work completed with the Mentor (75% of total grade) and participation in the Seminar (25% of total grade)- Scholars earn credit for these two components. You can find more information about the grading rubric in your seminar syllabus. The final grade is determined by the Program Director and Staff.

URS Scholar/Mentor Contract

After Scholars complete interviews and accept their research or creative work position, the Mentor and Scholar must fill out the contract to establish expectations and tasks. The contract must clearly outline the specific tasks you are responsible for, the number of hours per week you are expected to work, and the number of credits (either 2-3), that the Mentor believes is appropriate for the amount of time invested. Both are required to sign and date the contract. Scholars then submit this contract via Canvas.