Introduction to Research Courses

IDS 3913

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) supports UCF undergraduate students, across all majors, who are interested and participating in research and creative scholarship. The Introduction to Research course is designed for students who want to take a deep-dive into exploring and beginning their undergraduate research journey.
Whether your interests lie in the humanities, physical and applied sciences, engineering, social sciences, or business, the 1-credit, Introduction to Research course will greatly benefit you!

One Course, with Two Ways to Participate!

You have two options for applying in the Introduction to Research (IDS 3913) course. Both options teach the same information, but in different ways.

  1. Summer Research Academy (SRA) – a fast-paced, 3-day event in July; ideal for students who want to begin research in the fall.
  2. Introduction to Research & Creative Scholarship Opportunities (I.N.T.R.O.) Mentoring Program a semester long (fall or spring semester), immersive, classroom experience. 
      • Spring 2021 applications are NOW open

In both programs/courses, students will:

  • Learn about the nature of university research and how it can expand your undergraduate experience
  • Meet with research faculty and other students active in research
  • Explore research opportunities available to undergraduate students at UCF
  • Prepare professionally for future research, internships/careers, and advanced degrees
  • Earn 1-credit hour for completing the Introduction to Research (IDS 3913) course
Click on the drop-down menus below to learn important program and course details.

Students must apply to all Introduction to Research (IDS3913) courses to participate in the course and associated academy/program. By the end of the course, you will know 1) what undergraduate research is, 2) the role of a faculty mentor, 3) be prepared to choose to pursue undergraduate research, 4) and have tools to start the research journey!  

 The benefits of taking IDS 3913 include:

  • Build networks with potential faculty mentors, Undergraduate Research staff, and experienced undergraduate researchers
  • Participate in UCF campus research tours and explore various fields
  • Learn about UCF structured research programs and resources
  • Create and/or build your resume
  • Improved communication skills
  • Prepare for future academic interests and professional pursuits
  • Collaborate and develop relationships with students with similar interests
  • Discover personal interests
  • IDS 3913 is designed for students who have not been involved in research or creative scholarship with a UCF faculty member yet.

Summer Research Academy (SRA):

  • The best candidates are incoming transfer students and current UCF students with at least one year left before graduation who are not currently involved in research. Incoming transfer students can participate in the Summer Research Academy in the summer prior to matriculating to UCF. Details are below:
Current StudentsTransfer Students

Rising Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors

No applicants should be graduating

Before the Spring after SRA

Have at least 24 credits and no more than 100 credits by the end of the Spring semester

Must be in good academic standing (not on academic probation)

Will have earned their Associate’s degree by the end of the Summer in which they participate

Admitted to UCF as a transfer for  the summer in which they participate OR the Fall semester following SRA

Must be in good academic standing (not on academic probation)

I.N.T.R.O. Mentoring Program: Preference will be given to first- and second-year students, as well as incoming transfer students.

Current StudentsTransfer Students

Incoming Freshman and rising Sophomores are preferred

No applicants should be graduating prior to 1 year after completing IDS3913

Have no more than 100 credits when applying

Admitted to UCF as a transfer for the semester which they have applied to I.N.T.R.O.


Summer Research Academy: This 3-day event occurs every July at the UCF Main Campus. Students must be available to attend the entire duration of the event.

I.N.T.R.O. Mentoring Program: Each semester, one to two sections of the course are offered. To participate, students must be able to enroll in one of the section of the course:

Fall 2020:

  • Section 1: Tuesdays from 12:00 to 1:15 pm.
  • Section 2: Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5:45 pm.

Spring 2021:

  • Tentative dates and times, please check back during the beginning of the Fall semester for the proposed times.  

Summer Research Academy: 

  • Deadline: June 1

Summer I.N.T.R.O. course:

  • Deadline: June 1

Fall I.N.T.R.O. course:

  • First priority deadline: Monday June 1
  • Applications for remaining positions will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis for the next priority deadline: Monday, July 6.
  • Deadline: Monday July 27

The courses require your full engagement, commitment, and participation.  IDS 3913 covers everything from how to find a UCF faculty mentor on campus to learning about structured research program opportunities on campus. Through this course, students will hear from students, staff, and faculty who are actively involved in research or running programs to support researchers here at UCF. Students will tour UCF research facilities and meet with faculty and students from across campus.

Summer Research Academy:

Students must:

  • Attend all three days of the course
  • Complete the assignments online before and after the course, as well as during the course
  • Fulfill all requirements set forth in the OUR Policy on Participation, including passing the class (which is graded pass/fail)

I.N.T.R.O. Mentoring Program:

Student participants must:

  • Attend class weekly
  • Complete course assignments
  • Pass the course with a C or higher

Summer Research Academy: Undergraduate Research (OUR) offers support to all undergraduate students interested in research. OUR events include workshops, peer mentors, research grants, travel grants, and option to participate in the Student Undergraduate Research Council (SURC). See the OUR website for details.

I.N.T.R.O. Mentoring Program: In addition to the OUR support mentioned above, following IDS 3913, students who wish to continue their path into research or creative scholarship will join the Launch Plan the semester (fall or spring) afterward. See below for full details on this program:


  1. Prepare for next steps: learn about graduate or professional school
  2. Connect to resources: understand the tools on campus for conducting research
  3. Understand the available professional development for student researchers
  4. Network with researchers: attend departmental events


No, a student can only participate in the IDS 3913 course once. Students will enroll in either the Summer Research Academy or the I.N.T.R.O. Mentoring Program. At the time of application, you can indicate that you are interested in both courses; OUR will make the final determination.

Summer Research Academy: Students will have waived tuition for  the 1-credit, 3-day, course. Students will earn a pass or fail grade. 

I.N.T.R.O. Mentoring Program: Students are responsible for the tuition of this 1-credit hour course; see UCF tuition & aid website. Students will earn a letter grade that will impact their grade-point average.

Office of Undergraduate Research: email

Or call 407-823-0101