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Undergraduate Research in EXSS


Attention Students and Faculty: With Dr. Battaglini on research leave this fall semester of 2022, all inquiries regarding the EXSS Undergraduate Program should be directed to Dr. J.D. DeFreese. Dr. DeFreese can be reached via email at

For students trying to enroll in EXSS 395, the deadline for submitting your Complete the Application/Learning contract will be the last day of adding a course (August 26th) by 5pm on if you want be enrolled for the fall of 2022 (Completed application should be submitted to Dr. DeFreese via email).” 


The Exercise and Sport Science department offers undergraduate student an opportunity to engage is research with faculty members.  Below are some FAQ’s that may help you explore EXSS.


When can I begin?

You may start volunteering in any lab as early as your freshman year.

Can I receive course credit?

If you want to receive academic credit you must enroll in EXSS 395.  To do that you must meet the following criteria:

  • Two or more ‘relevant’ courses completed with at least a “B” grade. Prerequisite course relevancy is determined by the faculty supervisor of the directed study in question.
  • Find a faculty mentor
  • Complete the Application/Learning contract (pdf below) and submit it to Dr. Claudio Battaglini by the first day of classes in the semester in which you are wishing you register for the course.


How many credit hours can I receive?

Students should expect to devote a minimum of 3-4 hours each week to for each credit hour.

Students approved to do the research course are expected to be self-motivated and largely self-directed. Faculty members supervising a research student must meet on a regular basis throughout the semester with each student pursuing an independent study under their direction.


How do I find a faculty mentor?

Visit the websites of the faculty and laboratories in EXSS.  If these interest you email the lab directors.

The office of undergraduate research has a database of projects you can search to find your interests.  This website has great information on getting started in research.

Ask the faculty who teach your classes about their research and any graduate students that they know may need some assistance.

How do I apply?

Complete the Application/Learning contract.  It must be turned in to Dr. Claudio Battaglini’s mailbox in Fetzer 209 by 5pm the first day of classes for the semester in which you want to enroll.

EXSS 395 Independent Study Guidelines



How does a student register for EXSS 395?

Students must complete the Application/Learning contract.  It must be turned in to Dr Claudio Battaglini’s mailbox in Fetzer 209 by 5pm the first day of classes for the semester in which the student wants to enroll.

How do I find interested students?

Advertise your position on the office of undergraduate research’s database. (link

Contact Claudio Battaglini ( any available opportunities for undergraduate’s.