Research Experience (REXP) Transcript Notation Program

A research experience (REXP) that may qualify for transcript notation has been defined by the Science Executive Committee as an experience in which the principal activity and focus is original investigation designed to create new knowledge in a recognized field of inquiry.

In order for students to receive the REXP notation, students must satisfactorily complete a part/full-time (at least 80 hours in length) research experience in an area of environmental science/studies (broadly defined). Research experiences can be completed during the fall, spring or summer. The Environmental Studies Department Chair will contact the student’s immediate supervisor in order to verify that the research experience was satisfactorily completed. Research experiences can either be paid or not.

Examples of the types of research experiences that would qualify for the REXP notation include (though not limited to):

  • Student/Faculty research conducted during the summer at Dickinson College.
  • Off-campus research at another college/university.
  • Involvement in the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program.

Process for Receiving REXP Notation:

STEP 1: Before the beginning of the experience (semester or summer), students will complete a registration form through the Student Forms tab in Gateway (much like they do for internships). That form will collect demographic information and have a box for the student to input a 500-1000 word proposal/description of the research experience.

STEP 2: Once the proposal is submitted, the department chair will review the proposal and indicate whether the experience is appropriate for the REXP notation.

STEP 3: After the initial approval, students will be able to access documents about the abstract and reflective statement via the Student Forms tab in Gateway.

STEP 4: At the end of the experience, students will submit the abstract and reflective statement via the Student Forms tab in Gateway; department chair will read and review them, and mark them as complete (or not complete) in the system.

STEP 5: After the students have completed the necessary components for the notation and receive final approval from the department chair, the information will be sent to the Registrar’s Office for the notation to be processed.