Different undergraduate research experiences may be available through the Department of Infectious Diseases courses. Several faculty members within the department mentor undergraduates in their labs through IDIS-prefix undergraduate research courses. Undergraduates may also register for these courses and conduct their research project with a faculty mentor outside the Department of Infectious Diseases if the project focuses on a pathogen or infectious disease. Although the Department of Infectious Diseases does not offer undergraduate fellowships, students who obtain a research fellowship (through CURO or other organizations) may be able to conduct their research project with a mentor within infectious diseases. With the exception of students on research fellowships, student may not receive credit for IDIS courses for the same hours for which they are paid.
Undergraduate Research Courses
The Department of Infectious Diseases does not grant an undergraduate degree, but it does offer courses in faculty-mentored undergraduate research at both the CURO level and at the departmental level. If you are seeking credit toward a major-specific course requirement, you should register for one of the CURO courses listed below.
At the CURO level, four courses are offered: IDIS 4960H, IDIS 4970H, IDIS 4980H, and IDIS 4990H. The first three courses are research courses. For the first semester of research, a student registers for IDIS 4960H. If continuing with research in subsequent semesters, the student registers for the next in the series.
IDIS 4990H is a research thesis course open only to students who have completed 15 credit hours at UGA and previously taken one or more semesters of research. IDIS 4990H provides an opportunity for students to complete their research experience by writing a thesis based on accumulated research data.
Courses IDIS 4960H, IDIS 4970H, and IDIS 4980H are variable-level courses (2-4 credit hours). Each requires an average total effort of four hours per week per credit for Spring or Fall semester, or eight hours per week per credit during the Summer semester. This time commitment includes all efforts related to your research experience: time conducting experiments, documenting experiments in a research notebook, reading relevant scientific literature, preparing and presenting your research project, attending laboratory group meetings if required by your mentor, and writing a research paper. Students do NOT need to be in the UGA Honors program to register for these courses.
To qualify to register for courses at the CURO level, a student must meet one of the following requirements:
- Completed 15 UGA in-residence credit hours and have faculty mentor approval
- Currently enrolled in HONS 1000H and have faculty mentor approval
At the departmental level, students register for IDIS 4900. This is a variable-credit course (1-4 credit hours per semester) and may be repeated for additional semesters up to a maximum of 16 credit hours. This course requires four hours effort per week, per credit hour for Spring or Fall semesters, or eight hours effort per week, per credit hour during Summer semester. Students learn to conduct and document scientific research experiments. To register, a student must have faculty mentor approval.
Research in IDIS research courses may qualify toward a student's undergraduate major-specific course requirements or as an upper-level elective. Students seeking to meet major-specific course requirements should obtain the approval of their proposed research project from their major department at the time of registration.
Finding a Research Mentor
Many faculty associated with the Department of Infectious Diseases have mentored undergraduate researchers in their laboratories. Students should check the faculty section of the website to learn about faculty research interests. The availability of undergraduate research slots varies in each lab.
Instructions to Register for IDIS Undergraduate Research Courses
To conduct research in any IDIS laboratory, students must register for IDIS 4900, IDIS 4960H, IDIS 4970H, IDIS 4980H or IDIS 4990H. If approval is granted at the time of registration by a student’s undergraduate major department, the research experience can count toward a student’s degree requirements.
Below are instructions for completing the appropriate forms as well as for which course a student should register. Questions regarding the appropriate course to take should be directed to Ms. Jennifer Leyting at firstname.lastname@example.org or 706-542-0389.
- Download the appropriate form(s):
- IDIS 4900: IDIS 4900 registration/syllabus departmental form. No CURO form is required.
- IDIS 4960H, IDIS 4970H, or IDIS 4980H: Download, complete, and return the CURO Research Course Application
- Please see sample here: CURO Sample Course Application
Biology and Biochemistry majors must take IDIS 4960H rather than IDIS 4900 to potentially fulfill major degree requirement.
- IDIS 4990H: No departmental form is required, but you must download, complete and return the CURO Research Thesis Application
- To determine if this research experience qualifies toward your undergraduate major requirement, obtain your undergraduate major-specific form from your major’s office:
- Biology majors seeking to meet their Biology laboratory requirement should register for IDIS 4960H and complete the Faculty/Student Agreement for Biology Research form. (On this form, the BIOL prefix should be replaced with IDIS.) This form will be turned into the Infectious Diseases Office. Biology majors meet their Biology laboratory requirement when a copy of their research paper is submitted to the Biology Office at the end of the semester. Biology majors continuing for a second semester of research only complete the IDIS 4970H form.
- Biochemistry majors must also complete the BCMB Independent Research Projects form.
- Microbiology majors seeking credit towards their major should also complete this modified MIBO Research Approval Form.
- Complete all forms with your research mentor.
- Deliver ALL forms to Ms. Jennifer Leyting in the departmental office (Room 351, College of Veterinary Medicine).
- After being contacted by Ms. Leyting that the all forms have been reviewed, take forms to your undergraduate major office for approval of project toward your major (if applicable). [Biology majors are not required to obtain preapproval and may skip step 5 and proceed directly to step 6.]
- Clearance to register:
- For students registering for IDIS 4900, clearance to register is granted by the Department of Infectious Diseases.
- For students registering for IDIS 4960H, IDIS 4970H, IDIS 4980H, IDIS 4990H, deliver your form and the CURO form to CURO/Honors Office for clearance to register.
- Register for your IDIS course.