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Undergraduate Opportunities

Research for every stage of your academic career

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 students have opportunities to participate in research throughout their undergraduate careers.

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 information on how to apply for this grant, click here.

CSSH Undergraduate Research Forum

Any undergraduate CSSH student who has conducted original research independently or in collaboration with a faculty member is eligible to participate in this annual springtime event. Presentations may emerge from class projects, research-based co-ops, thesis projects, honors in the major projects, capstone projects, etc. Works-in-progress—that is, the sharing of preliminary results—are welcome.

Provost’s Undergraduate Research Awards

The Office of the Provost sponsors a number of undergraduate research projects with awards up to a maximum of $1,000. Students who wish to be considered should first discuss possible topics with their faculty sponsor, and then start the application process. CSSH students have conducted research projects on topics such as international climate change policy, the global financial crisis of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, and the health issues of the modern industrial food system.

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.
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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.

Honors in the Major

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 Honors in the Major. For guidelines and the CSSH Honors in the Major proposal form, visit the CSSH Honors page.