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ME Undergraduate Research Experience

FSU has means for currently enrolled FAMU and FSU Engineering students to gain recognition for their work experience, to document the work and use the experience as part of the foundation of future career development.

Recognition programs often offer a structured, guided process for reflection and feedback on workplace learning, performance, and accomplishments. It also provides an achievement to include on your resume and career portfolio.

There are several options for earning recognition for your internship or research:

Experiential Recognition Program

The Experiential Recognition Program (ERP) is an online zero-credit (-0-) course that facilitates eligible FSU (and FAMU Co-Op students) degree-seeking students the opportunity to earn transcript notation for engaging in experiential learning opportunities. FSU students must register for the ERP course during open registration windows through their SeminoleLink powered by Handshake account. The ERP course is graded on the S/U system through Blackboard.

Experiential Certificate Program

The Experiential Certificate Program allows all FSU (and FAMU Co-Op students) degree-seeking students the opportunity to earn a certificate of recognition for engaging in experiential learning opportunities. Students must enroll in ECP through their SeminoleLink powered by Handshake accounts in the same semester they complete an experiential learning engagement (internship, research, leadership, or significant community engagement).

  • This is a zero credit Satisfactory/ Not Satisfactory graded course.
  • Students registered for the Experiential Recognition Program (ERP) course [approved by the FSU Career Center] will be charged one (1) credit hour, unless also enrolled in other credit-bearing courses at FSU during the same academic term.
  • Students enrolled in this course will be processed through COE Human Resources (HR) to have some liability coverage thereby. (The point of contact at COE is the HR Administrative Specialist).
  • Volunteers not seeking transcript notation are also encouraged to contact the HR Administrative Specialist.
  • The student will receive an S/U grade from the supervisor via Tracy Dowling (tdowling@fsu.edu, (850) 644-9774), the Instructor of Record. Please contact her for more specifics.
  • Students must register for the ERP course during open registration windows to earn transcript notation for a future experiential learning engagement (internship, research, leadership, or significant community engagement).
  • Students cannot enroll in the ERP course to earn transcript notation retroactively.
  • (This course can be used for Internships as well.)

Course Criteria

The experiential learning engagement must be a career-related experience (paid or unpaid) through which students develop knowledge, skills, and values from direct experiences outside a traditional academic setting.

Students must enter into the experiential learning engagement with intentional learning goals; there must be a minimum of 3 learning objectives.

Duties and responsibilities of the experiential learning engagement must be clearly outlined.


Another, more competitive undergraduate research opportunity, which is open to first and second-year students is the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP). The corresponding course UROP COLLOQUIUM (Discussion) and is 1 to 3 credits for two semesters.