FAQ of College Student Research Program (CSRP)


    What is a College Student Research Program?

    It is a program for the students, by making use of an entire summer vacation or the spare time of an academic year, to fulfill a teacher-assigned scientific research task or get involved in a teacher’s research program. Through an accumulation of 300-plus hour work or research, students can basically achieve prospective research aims and attain 6 credits after accomplishing the program. Excellent ones can also get some reward.


    What is the tenet of College Student Research Program?

    Its tenet is to systematically organize undergraduates to participate in teachers’ research activities with definite objectives while they are receiving theoretical knowledge and basic skills training. With the teacher’s guidance, they can learn to explore, research and discover, which will enrich their practical knowledge, and nurture their innovation awareness and capability, their communication competence, their ability to work independently and their team spirit. Accordingly, they can consolidate and improve what they’ve learned, and acquaint themselves with and then master basic scientific research rationale, approaches and methods.


    Who can apply?

    Students who apply for CSRPs should meet the following requirements:

    1. Undergraduates who have fulfilled 3-semester courses;

    2. All courses passed, with accumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or above;

    3. Approved by your school/department.


    How to locate a program?

    There are two ways. One is to contact the teacher of your course, or the teacher of your targeted institute, and participate actively in your teacher’s research projects. 95% of the previous CSRPs were obtained through this method. The other is to select from those projects released on line at the webpage of the Office of Teaching Affairs and contact the teacher for confirmation.


    How to apply and where to submit the application?

    The application form can be downloaded from the “Download” section in the webpage of Office of Teaching Affairs. Application should be submitted to your school/department and get approved. For those who choose an institute for their CSRPs, an agreement (which can be downloaded from the “Download” section in the Teaching Affairs Office webpage) should be assigned to specify responsibilities of both parties.


    What are the specific steps/procedures to go through for a CSRP?

    The implementation process of a CSRP chiefly includes the following steps:

    1. Have a face-to-face talk with the teacher who’d like to accept CSRP students, and fix on your teacher and research project through bilateral choices;

    2. Fill out the application and schedule, which include your outcome of the talk with your teacher, the project you choose and an outline of the theories and experiment techniques involved, prospective research results and significance, etc.

    3. Carry out your research work under the guidance of your teacher, and participate in various activities as a member of your team.

    4.  Write out your project schedule report and sum-up report (in the form of a research paper, experiment outcome, etc.).

    5. Hold a public lecture including an oral defense within a certain scale.

    6.  Finish the project and fill out relevant forms, etc.


    What is the time arrangement of CSRPs?

    CSRPs can be divided into summer vacation programs and within-semester ones.

    The within-semester programs start from somewhere in the first 10 days of October to the beginning of May the next year. Somewhere in the last 10 days of September, your teacher will forward an application. By the end of October, the Teaching Affairs Office will release the specifics of the CSRPs fixed upon by means of teacher-student bilateral choices. November to May the next year is the time in which CSRPs are actually put into practice. In mid-May, there will be an oral defense for the sum-up report arranged within schools/departments under the guidance of the teachers. By the end of May, relevant materials should be submitted to the teaching office of your school/department, as the reference for later campus-scale award distribution.

    The summer vacation programs start from mid-May to the end of September. Students are required at least a 35-day stay on campus. June is for teacher application, information release and teacher-student bilateral choices. July, August and September are for the implementation of CSRPs. The oral defense for sum-up report is scheduled by the end of September. Somewhere in the first 10 days of October, relevant material should be submitted to the teaching office of your department for decision making on award distribution at the campus scale.


    Can CSRPs be postponed or quit midway?

    You can postpone your CSRP by filling out an application and get approvals from both your teacher and your school/depart. It’s also principly permissible for you to quit midway for various reasons if you can get approvals from your teacher and your school/department.


    Can two students share one CSRP?

    No. The aim of CSPRs is to make sure each student can understand and experience the entire process of doing research. Therefore, it’s not allowed for two students to share one CSRP or write out one sum-up thesis.


    How can students choose their programs in accordance with their hobbies?

    CSRPs can be chosen from a different subject area or specialty. Students can completely choose based on their hobbies, to fully cultivate their innovation, understand and master basic research rationales, approaches and methods.





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This article came from News Center of USTC.