Guidelines for Undergraduate Research Participation

Guidelines for Undergraduate Participation in Faculty Research Projects, including Independent Laboratory Research and Research Volunteers

Approved Oct 27, 2021

Participating in independent research as an undergraduate within laboratories and other research and creative project opportunities directed by Brandeis faculty is a valuable educational experience encouraged across the academic disciplines. The following guidelines are based on historical practices at Brandeis and provide a basic outline for the process.

Only projects with a research or learning component are governed by these rules. Students whose only task is a support task (e.g., making media, flipping flies, copying documents, etc.) should always be paid as hourly student employees. Faculty can review the defining characteristics of an unpaid volunteer position as described in this U.S. Department of Labor Fact Sheet on unpaid internships.