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.
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 so student should email faculty to inquire about openings.
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. Research in IDIS research courses may qualify toward a student's undergraduate major-specific course requirements or as an upper-level elective. 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:
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.
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.