How Students Get Involved

How do I get involved in Undergraduate Research in the College of Health Sciences?

  • Search the CHS Undergraduate Research website Current Opportunities to identify a research experience that interests you. Our hope is that the opportunity you select will contribute to your future education as well as your professional future.
  • Once you have found a research experience of interest, you should contact the Director of Undergraduate Research (DUR), Dr. Richard Andreatta, via email (
  • In the body of your email, please let Dr. Andreatta know the following:
    • The title of the research experience for which you would like to be considered.
    • What semester are you planning to participate in?
    • Whether you are interested in receiving HHS 455 course credit for the experience or not. If you want course credit, consider the information in the table below regarding work hour expectations associated with each credit hour
Fall or Spring SemesterEight-Week Summer Session
For a one credit hour experience:
  • 3-4 hours per week, for 9-13 weeks, in research.
For a one credit hour experience:
  • 4-6 hours per week, for 8 weeks, in research.
For a 2 credit hour experience:
  • 4-6 hours per week, for 9-13 weeks, in research.
For a 2 credit hour experience:
  • 4-8 hours per week, for 8 weeks, in research.
For a 3 credit hour experience:
  • 8+ hours per week, for 9-13 weeks, in research.
For a 3 credit hour experience:
  • 6-12 hours per week, for 8 weeks, in research.


  • After receiving your email, Dr. Andreatta will confirm with the faculty mentor if space is available in the lab during the time you want to be involved (i.e. the semester).
  • If there is space for an additional student, Dr. Andreatta will contact you with a copied email to the faculty mentor, asking you to contact them regarding a time to meet and interview.
  • After your interview has been completed, the faculty mentor will let Dr. Andreatta know if they believe you are a good fit for the project; LIKEWISE, after you meet with the faculty mentor, if the work is not appealing to you, contact Dr. Andreatta and let him know your decision. He will then inform the faculty mentor and work with you to find another option.


What happens once I am accepted into a research lab?

  • After you are accepted into a faculty mentor's lab, you must let Dr. Andreatta know immediately so that he can send you information on next steps in the process.
  • If you are wanting to take the research experience for credit, please indicate to Dr. Andreatta the number of credit hours you want to be enrolled in for HHS 455.
    • To register for HHS 455, YOU MUST HAVE APPROVAL FIRST from the CHS Director of Undergraduate Research. 
    • Dr. Andreatta can get you registered in an HHS course if the registration window is closed; however, he has no ability to register you for non-CHS experiential credit (i.e. BIO 395).
  • Prior to beginning in a research lab, you must complete several mandatory trainings as directed by your faculty mentor.


Are there mandatory requirements BEFORE my lab work and research experience can begin?

ALL undergraduates participating in CHS research labs MUST complete the following BEFORE BEGINNING ANY WORK IN A LAB. Verification of completion for each requirement must be sent to Dr. Andreatta to confirm that these requirements were completed correctly.

  • Register with the UK Office of Undergraduate Research*  (If you are not a UK student, enter “none” for “UKID” when registering)
  • If working with human subjects in a research lab, you must successfully complete the Biomedical Human Subjects Protection training course offered by the UK Office of Research Integrity.
  • If working with animals in a research lab, you must successfully complete the IACUC training selected by your faculty mentor.
    • The faculty mentor will provide guidance on how to enroll and complete the necessary training before beginning your work.
    • Animal training needs are left up to the discretion of the faculty mentor. 
  • Complete the web-based based training (WBT) modules that are recommended by your faculty mentor.  Your mentor will decide which WBTs you must complete, if any.


What happens after I complete all of my requirements, as listed above?

  • Send documentation of completion of each requirement to your mentor and to Dr. Andreatta.
  • Meet with your mentor to develop a formal HHS 455 contract that will outline your duties and work. The HHS 455 contract operates as you syllabus for the research experience.
    • Both the mentor and student must sign the HHS 455 contract, then SUBMIT THE FORM ELECTRONICALLY to Dr. Andreatta.
    • Submission of the contract form indicates that all requirements have been successfully performed and completed.
  • Dr. Andreatta executes (checks and signs) the contract and then sends a copy of it back to the student and the faculty mentor.
    • The student can begin working as instructed by the faculty mentor ONLY after receiving an executed contract from Dr. Andreatta.
  • The student is expected to complete an online evaluation of the HHS 455 research experience at the end of the semester.