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Training Opportunities


Undergraduate Research Teams

The undergraduate research teams program has been developed to increase the number of undergraduate students participating in research and to provide students with guidance from faculty and peer mentors. The goals and benefits of participating on a research team include:

  • Guided mentoring and training for students new to research;
  • Opportunities for students to become peer mentors as their research knowledge and proficiency improve; 
  • Research transcript credit and/or pay options for participants;
  • Opportunities for publishing research via reports, policy briefs, and other work;
  • Option to participate in the Public Policy Center’s Student Fellows program

Explore what the research teams are doing this year. If you are interested in a particular research area, please reach out directly to the faculty member(s) leading the work – they can tell you whether they have current opportunities available, or will have opportunities next term.

View the Research Teams AY 2022-23
View the Research Teams AY 2021-22
View the Research Teams AY 2020-21

Digital Badges

To help prepare for high-impact learning experiences, student participants can complete an online learning module created just for them. Modules contain an engaging collection of content from a variety of sources as well as original content. Each module’s main objective is to help students—especially those with little to no experience in their chosen area—develop essential skills and experience.

Students that complete the learning module earn a digital badge. A digital badge is a micro-credential that, like a transcript, proves a student has achieved specific learning outcomes.

Learn more and enroll in a learning module here.


"Survey Research and Public Policy," a new opportunity for students that's offered by the Public Policy Center and University College, demonstrates how scientific polls are conducted and explains why they're so valuable for society.