Distinction Through Discovery: Research 

Research as Defined by the QEP

The DTD Steering Committee articulated a working definition of “research” (adapted from the Council of Undergraduate Research, CUR):  An inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline or practice. 

Student Learning Outcomes

Research and inquiry learning activities can be incorporated into the curriculum through a series of targeted Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs).  These include:  

SLO 1: Knowledge.  Students will demonstrate content knowledge, core principles, and skills.
SLO 2: Formulate Questions.  Students will formulate research questions, scholarly or creative problems with integration of fundamental principles and knowledge in a manner appropriate to the discipline (this learning outcome is a requirement of ALL research and inquiry curriculum grants).
SLO 3: Plan of Action.   Students will develop and implement a plan of action to address research and inquiry questions or scholarly problems.
SLO 4: Critical Thinking.   Students will apply critical thinking skills to evaluate information, their own work, and the work of others.
SLO 5: Ethical Conduct.   Students will identify significant ethical issues in research and inquiry and/or address them in practice.
SLO 6: Communication.   Students will convey all aspects of their research and inquiry (processes and/or products) in appropriate formats, venues, and delivery modes.   
For further SLO information and a comprehensive definition of research and inquiry please click here

Research Ethics and Compliance 

Undergraduate Research and scholarly projects may require compliance to meet state and federal regulations. Please keep in mind that some research compliance issues may take 6 - 8 weeks to be resolved.  We highly suggest students conducting any research or scholarly activities participate in  CITI – the Collaborative Inter-Institutional Training Initiative   training.  This provides access to courses that are designed to be used by institutions and organizations to provide comprehensive training in a variety of areas such as Institutional Review Board (IRB), Good Clinical Practices, Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) and other areas (content borrowed from the  FAU DOR  website).  

For more information:

  1. View the brief info available on the OURI Research Ethics and Compliance site
  2. Attend one of the OURI Research Ethics Workshops
  3. Visit the FAU Research Integrity Website
 Last Modified 5/17/21