Undergraduate Research Mentorship Initiative

Are you interested in conducting academic research with a faculty mentor who is involved in scholarly and research projects?

Through Columbia College Chicago's Undergraduate Research Mentorship Initiative (URMI), which is open to students with junior standing and 3.0 GPA, you can earn up to three credit hours per semester while gaining real-world experience and learning research and scholarly techniques. You'll work directly with a faculty mentor who is practicing in academic and integrative disciplines across the college. These disciplines may coincide with your major at Columbia, or you may choose something else that aligns with your interests.

Honors students: you can earn Honors credit through an Honors-specific version of this course. 

Ready to Sign Up? 

Do you have an idea for a research project? Talk to your professor, who will work with you to submit your proposal to the School of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean's Office. If you don't have a professor in mind, or have other questions about the URMI, contact LAS Associate Dean Robin Whatley at rwhatley@colum.edu

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History of the Undergraduate Research Mentorship Initiative

Since the URMI launched in 2008, students have partnered with faculty members to conduct a range of projects, including Women and Modernism, Attitudes Toward Sex in the New Millennium, Interpreting in Religious Settings, and Models of Relativistic Gas. URMI projects have gone on to influence faculty members' published works and other projects.