Undergraduate Research Scholar Micro-Credential
Level 1

What is the Undergraduate Research Scholar Program?

The overall goal of this pathway is to encourage students to gain real world experience and skills to be a research scholar in their field of study by encouraging them to dive deeper into experiential opportunities on and off campus.

Levels of the Undergraduate Research Scholar Pathway:
Level 1
Level 2
Level 3

University of Maine Undergraduate Research Scholar

Level 1 Undergraduate Research Scholar

The overall goal of this pathway is to encourage students to gain real world experience and skills to be a research scholar in their field of study by encouraging them to dive deeper into experiential opportunities on and off campus. Level 1 is the first step in sparking students’ interest in research and creative activities. This badge encourages students to attend three different events that will enhance their professionalism and provide them with a guide to identify research opportunities. Attending conferences, applying for research fellowships/grants, and connecting with professors will enhance their resumes and understanding of what options are available to them.

Pick one of the following events

  • Attended a professional development workshop offered through the University of Maine Center for Undergraduate Research (i.e. a CUGR talk, AI webinar, or attend or engage in the UMaine Student Symposium, EPIC Lecture), or other UMaine research conference, performance, exhibit, etc., of your choosing (i.e. UMaine art show, exhibit or opening, theatre or musical performance).. Attendance will be documented using the Undergraduate Research Scholar Reflection Form and the Undergraduate Research Scholar Reflection Rubric to assess learners have met the criteria. 
  • Applied to a CUGR fellowship or MSGC Research Experience 
  • Applied to the UMaine Student Symposium through the submission of an abstract

Level 1 Required Evidence

Level 2
University of Maine Undergraduate Research Scholar

Level 2 Undergraduate Research Scholar

The Level 2 badge displays a student’s ability to explore research opportunities, creative activities, and connect with mentors from Level 1. Level 2 displays that the student has gained the opportunity to perform research, has learned about ethical research practices, and/or engaged in a research/creative experience event. This badge portrays that the student has knowledge on ethical research practices which can be used in future research activities outside of this program. Students that have been awarded research grants/fellowships display their ability to participate in research and continue to strengthen their creative questioning and networking.

Pick two of the following

  • Completed the UMaine Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) training or any other relevant trainings in their area of study including but not limited to: UMaine Safety and Environmental Management Trainings, Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI), Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), Institutional Review Board (IRB) micro-credential, or project-specific mentor-led training. 
  • Presented their research or creative activity at the UMSS.
  • Developed skills/competencies in laboratory and creative activities research ethics through their completion of the Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) training, used the RCR training while working on their project, learned how to present work in a professional setting, and began research under mentor supervision.
  • Reflected on their learning and provided insights into their expanded knowledge of the research process, development of research ethics, and enhanced networking skills gained through their active engagement, presentation, and/or conference acceptance
  • Undergraduate Research Scholar Reflection Form

Level 2 Required Evidence

  • Certification of completion of training listed above such as RCR, CITI, or IRB training.
  • CUGR confirmation of student participation in UMaine Student Symposium.
  • Judging assessment of your UMSS presentation will be used to determine your competency in presentation skills. A minimum grade of XX will need to be achieved.
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Level 3
University of Maine Undergraduate Research Scholar

Level 3 Undergraduate Research Scholar

This badge puts the skills and activities from Level 1 and 2 into practice. This badge demonstrates the students continued connecting and networking both on campus and in their field of interest. Participating in continued research, an internship, and/or publishing work will allow the student to take an active role in their future career. In a real world setting the Level 3 badge will portray that the student has taken an active part in their desired field. They will have gained real world experience outside of the classroom and campus.

Pick two of the following events

  • Student reflection form after completing the process.
  • Positive performance evaluation from the students faculty mentor.

Level 3 Required Experience

  • Performance evaluation from their faculty mentor or internship supervisor verifying their work and learner competency in their research. 
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