Undergraduate students from all USC system campuses who engage in research, scholarly or creative projects with a mentor or supervisor must register their projects in the OUR Research Registry.
This is required every semester for research to appear on your "My USC Experience" transcript.
Resources for Students
Steps To Register:
- Carefully review the mentor eligibility information.
- Log into the Research Registry site using the username and password you use to access campus email.
- Complete the form, answering all required prompts, and submit your research project information.
NOTE: For independent study course credit, you must ALSO submit an Independent Study Contract form through your academic advisor.
All entries must include the name and contact information of your project supervisor or research mentor. Do NOT enter your own email address. Please review the mentor eligibility information below before submitting.
At the end of the semester, your project supervisor/mentor will receive an email asking them to verify your experience using the evaluation form/rubric (pdf). (The rubric document provides information on how data from this system may be used.)
Log into the Research Registry portal to view records you've submitted. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with additional questions.
If the projects are with the same mentor or group, submit only one form.
If you are working with different mentors on different projects, please submit one form for each project
You must complete a new submission for EVERY semester of work on your project(s) (fall, spring and/or summer). Submissions must be completed no later than the Last Day of Class of the semester.
Only mentors who fit one or more of the following descriptions, who have supervised your project, are permitted to approve your entry:
- USC-affiliated faculty member, professional staff member or postdocs (graduate students are not acceptable for signatory purposes but are permitted as daily advisers or co-mentors)
- Non-USC faculty members, if the experience occurred at another institution (including research abroad activities)
- Community agency directors, if your experience occurred in conjunction with or at a service, work site, internship, etc., including research abroad
For questions, please contact us via email (email@example.com) or phone (803-777-1141).
Resources for Faculty
Access the Registry:
Log into the Research Registry Portal site using your USC network username and password. (this is the same information used to access Blackboard)
*If you do not have a USC network username and password, or are having access issues, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
**You can filter your list of students by term and year the student entered for the project, and verification status.
Students listed in your portal are those who submitted in the registry using your name and USC email address.
If a student is missing from your list, we encourage you to contact them to register in the system. The email template below can be used for this purpose:
Dear [student name],
When verifying research entries in the Research Registry, I noticed your work on [project name] was missing. The Research Registry is a centralized database the university uses to capture undergraduate research activity. Would you be able to add an entry about your research this semester through this link within the next 2-3 days?
Please let me know if you have any questions.
At the end of the semester, you will receive an email requesting you log into your portal to verify the experiences of your registered students using the evaluation form/rubric (pdf). (The rubric document provides information on how data from this system may be used.)
Faculty Research Rubric Committee
Many thanks to the dedicated faculty who worked diligently to make this document possible:
Reginald Bain, Professor, School of Music
Michael Gavin, Associate Professor, English Language and Literature
John Grady, Associate Professor, Sport and Entertainment Management
Jerry Hilbish, Professor, Biological Sciences
Kate Holland, Associate Professor, Psychology; USC Lancaster
Laura Kissel, Professor & Director, School of Visual Art and Design
Lite Nartey, Assistant Professor, International Business
Charles Pierce, Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Michelle Vieyra, Associate Professor, Biology & Geology; USC Aiken
Sara Wilcox, Professor, Exercise Science