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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Undergraduate Research Center


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The Graduate Research Consultant (GRC) program was developed to increase research opportunities for undergraduates in courses. The Undergraduate Research Center (URC) supports faculty who want to transform their course projects and assignments into research projects. By research projects, we mean opportunities in which students use the methods of the discipline to pose questions, apply those methods in investigation, and communicate their findings to others. 

In order to communicate findings, we ask that your course includes a mechanism for students to disseminate their results publicly such as class presentation, conferences, and publications. 

The role of the Graduate Research Consultants (GRCs) are to work with the instructor to help plan, carry out, and communicate their research. GRCs are meant to coach and advise undergraduate students, rather than grade or evaluate student work. These GRCs are expected to work a minimum of 30 hours over the course of the semester (i.e., 2 hours per week) and are compensated for their work (up to $450) through the URC. 

To receive URC support for a GRC course, please submit an application and your course syllabus. If your proposal is accepted, the URC will fund a graduate student you select to be the GRC for your course. In the absence of a graduate student, the URC will help identify and select a graduate student for your course. 


Please submit your requests to:
Dr. Karla Lassonde, Director-URC
265 Morris Hall
Mankato, MN 56001

[PDF] Request for Graduate Research Consultant (35 KiB)


If you have any questions, please email