Research-Intensive Course Designation

Submissions for Spring 2020 are due on September 13, 2019

The University of Central Florida defines a Research-Intensive (RI) course as one that provides curriculum-based active engagement in a line of inquiry that is guided by a content expert, adheres to aspects of the academic research or scholarship process, and includes a research deliverable.

Through RI-designated courses, faculty mentors have the opportunity to enrich the student experience through sharing insights from their own knowledge and experience as their students actively engage in the research process. Students are able to explore their interests and begin to develop their niche as they prepare to move onto the next stage of their education and careers.

Through RI courses, students learn critical thinking skills, formal academic communication skills through both written and oral formats, and about the research process itself within their discipline. Moreover, RI courses position students to gain a competitive advantage over their peers through participating in research training, having a research deliverable to build their portfolio, and possibly even presenting in research symposiums and/or publishing in academic journals.

  • To document research experiences taking place in the undergraduate classroom
  • To distinguish between engaging in ‘original’ research and learning about the research process
  • To support UCF strategic goals for undergraduate research and HIP learning experiences
  • To ensure that research experiences in the classroom are held to a meaningful standard of practice

The basic criteria for designating an existing course as a Research-Intensive (RI) course at UCF is that through the course students will satisfay all or most of the following:

  • Demonstrate a command of relevant content knowledge, core principles, and practices.
  • Obtain, critically evaluate, and synthesize scholarly literature and relevant data.
  • Formulate an original research question(s) that integrates fundamental principles and knowledge in a manner appropriate to the discipline.
  • Develop and implement an appropriate methodology or systemic approach to address the research question(s) or problem.
  • Identify relevant ethical issues and address them in practice.
  • Gain communication skills through the dissemination of the research (process and product) in appropriate formats and venues.

Deadline for Summer and Fall 2019 Designations: Due January 25 to

Please review the RI Designation Evaluation Rubric closely. For designation as a Research Intensive course, the following procedure must be followed. Submit all of the following to the Office of Undergraduate Research:

  • Cover form (complete this PDF and send with other materials: HIP Designation Cover Sheet
  • Cover memo (up to 750 words)
    1. Short overview of the course and RI component
    2. Supplemental information to include in overview:
      • Course name and section number (if available)
      • Number of students in any one course section (and total enrollment) at maximum capacity
      • What deliverable will be required as part of this course?  
      • Will students work in groups, individually or both on the final deliverable?
      • Are there opportunities for peer-to-peer review and feedback during the semester?
      • Will Graduate Assistants be grading the research components of this course? If so, what training have they received to facilitate this component?
      • Do all instructors have terminal degrees and/or permanent faculty appointments at UCF?
  • Annotated Syllabus
    1. Highlights aspects of course directly related to evaluation rubric
    2. Rubric criteria directly referenced in syllabus via numeration with comments and/or highlighting (e.g., “Rubric criteria 2.3”)
  • Optional: Supporting documents, as appropriate (keep these simple, it won’t be a requirement for committee members to review these)

Optional: We recommend working with your subject librarian while preparing for designation.

Please note: courses can be submitted for designation at the section level (by instructors) or at the course level (by department chairs).

Questions? Contact or 407-823-3125

RI Information Sessions

  • Hosted several times a semester, these sessions cover the what and why of RI, and provide an overview of the application process.
  • Upcoming sessions:
    • Tuesday, November 27: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
    • Monday, December 3: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
    • Wednesday, December 12: 1 – 2 p.m.
    • Thursday, January 10, 10 – 11 a.m.
    • Wednesday, January 16, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
    • Tuesday, April 9, 3 – 4 p.m.
    • Wednesday, April 17, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Division of Teaching and Learning

Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL)

FCTL provides programming and instructional resources in support of faculty excellence in teaching and learning.

UCF Libraries Resources

UCF Libraries support faculty and students with physical and online resources to learn about and engage in undergraduate research.

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The IRB is a committee established to protect the rights and welfare of human participants involved in research.

Last NameFirst NamePositionDepartmentCollege
MilonAbbyAssociate LecturerLegal StudiesHealth and Public Affairs
OrtizEnriqueAssociate ProfessorTeaching, Learning and LeadershipEducation and Human Performance
NiLiqiangAssociate ProfessorStatisticsSciences
GarciaMarthaAssociate ProfessorModern Languages & LiteraturesArts & Humanities
TeterKennethAssociate ProfessorBiomedical SciencesMedicine
ChinMatthewAssociate LecturerPsychologySciences
FlorczykStephenAssistant ProfessorMaterials Science & EngineeringEngineering & Computer Science
KuangLanlanAssistant ProfessorPhilosophyArts & Humanities
HarringtonMariaAssistant ProfessorDigital MediaArts & Humanities