Project & Faculty Sponsor Eligibility
Approved projects include any pedagogical research or teaching activity directed at University of Utah credit-bearing courses or programs in the student's major or minor. Projects must be approved and supervised by a regular, auxiliary or adjunct University of Utah faculty member.
Step 1: Review USET Program
The USET website and accompanying documents provide an overview of the USET program components, eligibility, funding, forms and deadlines, and answers to the most frequently asked questions. Please thoroughly review subsequent web pages and documents to learn more about the USET Program.
If you have questions after reviewing the program information, please call or email the USET program manager to set up a meeting.
Step 2: Submit a Project
Please fill out the teaching project proposal to be added to the USET project directory. Students will use this resource to learn about research and teaching projects in different departments on campus. Project submissions should be submitted via email. The proposal deadline is Friday, March 21st.
Step 3: Find a Student (optional)
If you have a student interested in working on your project, please have them submit an application to the USET program for your project. Visit the forms and deadlines page for application materials.
If you do not have a student for your project, students can search the project directory to find a project in their major. We will review applications and consult you on the final selection of your USET student.
Step 4: Final Funding
Final funding for USET projects and students will be approved by May 1st. Faculty sponsors and students will be notified of funding status via email.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of USET for Faculty?
USET provides faculty with a paid undergraduate student for assistance on your pedagogical research or teaching project. Additionally USET can also help you:
- Address teaching and learning issues/topics of interest
- Develop research-based enhancements to courses and programs
- Develop education research for potential publication
- Receive a student's view of teaching before semester's end that is based upon education best-practices
- Receive evaluations and consultations that complement peer-review data
- Strengthen connections with students in their major/minor
How do I submit a project for USET?
Please fill out the teaching project proposal to be added to the USET project directory. Students will use this resource to learn about research and teaching projects in different departments on campus.
If you have a student interested in working on your project, please have them submit an application to the USET program for your project.
Is there a required length for paragraphs on the Teaching Project Proposal?
There is not a minimum/maximum for the project purpose, contributions, outcomes, or details. Please provide enough information to cover the topic and for interested students to understand the project.
Can I have multiple project types?
Yes, your project can have multiple project types. Please contact CTLE to discuss your project and how it can fit into the project type(s).
Does the project have to be fall and spring semesters?
We prefer that students start work on faculty sponsored projects in the fall and continue through the spring. There will also be an option to renew for summer semester. If you have a research project that continues beyond one academic year, please specify the date range on the pedagogical project data sheet and we will list your project on our project directory web page for future USET students.
What is meant by ‘two full semesters’?
It is expected that USET participants work 75 hours per semester for two consecutive semesters (fall/spring) on all the program components. At least 60 of the total 75 hours each semester should be spent working on the project.
What is a ‘new or enhanced teaching technique’?
Any teaching technique that is new or enhanced for a course, instructor, or department qualifies. This can range from pedagogical best practices (group learning, active learning, etc.) to tools and technologies (video teaching, wiki, clickers, etc.).
What is a ‘research endeavor’?
A research endeavor is defined as any research that leads to theoretical or empirical research and can be submitted to a conference or journal (discipline specific or education focused).
When do I need IRB approval for a project?
Please visit the University of Utah’s Institutional Review Board website for information about conducting research involving human subjects. If your project requires IRB approval, you must complete the IRB process and obtain approval before the first day of fall semester.