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Why pursue research as an undergraduate?

The Asian Studies Program and the College of Social Sciences and Humanities encourages all students to participate in undergraduate research. We view undergraduate research as a particularly valuable form of experiential learning, in which students actively participate in the making of knowledge, often alongside cutting-edge faculty researchers. Through these experiences, students learn valuable academic, professional, and interpersonal skills that are core to the college’s educational mission and highly valued in graduate programs and the varied careers our graduates pursue.

Research Opportunities

CSSH UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH INITIATIVE

The Undergraduate Research Initiative encourages undergraduate students in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities to carry out research and other creative work activities in collaboration with faculty members. With the support of this fund, the college wants to help undergraduate students develop or enhance research skills. In the best instances this would include: how to define the scope of a project and write a proposal, how to develop a bibliography, how to systematically collect data, how to understand or carry out data analysis, and how to write up results. For more details and for how to apply for this grant, click here.

HONORS JUNIOR/SENIOR PROJECTS

CSSH students in the University Honors Program pursue excellence via many pathways through their undergraduate curricula. As the culmination of their studies, Honors students have the opportunity to carry out independent research projects of significant scope. Students may work within or among disciplines to pursue their interests. Many students choose problems that incorporate a global element which can be pursued either physically or virtually. Students’ Honors projects topics are as diverse as their interests are and the projects are presented in various formats from written theses to documentaries.

CSSH HONORS IN THE MAJOR RESEARCH

Undergraduate students can receive Honors Distinction in their major on their transcripts by successfully completing a CSSH honors research project in their junior or senior year. Students need not be members of the university-wide Honors Program to receive College Honors. For guidelines and the Proposal for CSSH College Honors Project form, visit the CSSH Honors page.

PEAK EXPERIENCES AWARDS

The Project-Based Exploration of the Advancement of Knowledge (PEAK) Experiences Awards are a progressively structured sequence of opportunities designed to support learners as they continue climbing to new heights of achievement in undergraduate research and creative endeavor throughout their Northeastern journeys. From the beginner surveying the landscape with a Campfire Chat or establishing a Base Camp, to those gaining experience while making the Ascent and Building Bridges, to those reaching the Summit, Blazing new Trails, and Shouting Out their successes, the PEAK Experiences Awards offer something for everyone. Find more at the URF website linked here.

OFFICE OF UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH AND FELLOWSHIPS

URF supports undergraduate students throughout the process of developing research or creative endeavor projects, from connecting with mentors and securing funding through sharing results. The office also works closely with students to identify and apply for appropriate fellowships for advanced study in the United States and internationally. These research, creative, and fellowship processes guide students toward a fuller understanding and clearer narration of their ambitions, talents, and projects. Visit the URF website for more information.

Forums for Presenting or Publishing Research

RISE (RESEARCH INNOVATION & SCHOLARSHIP EXPO)

RISE is Northeastern’s annual research exposition event showcasing the breadth and depth of innovative thinking, and a chance for undergraduates to present their research projects. The very best receive grants to further their research endeavors. Visit the RISE website for more information.

CSSH UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH FORUM

The Undergraduate Research Committee and CSSH Ambassadors will be inviting undergraduates to submit a proposal to present at the annual Undergraduate Research Forum. Any undergraduate CSSH student who has conducted original research independently or in collaboration with a faculty member is eligible to participate. Presentations will be 10 minutes long and presenters will have the opportunity to discuss their work with the audience.

NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY CSSH – UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH JOURNAL

A new CSSH journal is in formation as a platform for publishing new research in the social sciences and humanities conducted and written by undergraduate students. The new journal will be an entirely student run operation, with the editors, editorial board, and reviewers comprised entirely of undergraduate students. For more information, please contact Christopher Parsons, History at c.parsons@neu.edu