Opportunities for Graduate and Undergraduate Students
With over 30 interdisciplinary research centers and more than 600 full-time faculty collaborating on basic and applied research in the United States and around the globe, Northeastern offers countless opportunities for students to apply their classroom learning to the process of discovery. In the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, students conduct cutting-edge research alongside our top-tier faculty who are experts in topics such as bias victimization, gun violence, gang violence, homicide and suicide, human trafficking, juvenile justice, mass incarceration, racial profiling, recidivism, and many more. The School has several of its own research centers and initiatives that align closely with topics covered in the criminal justice curriculum. Students of all class years in our bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs are always welcomed and encouraged to engage in research opportunities with us.
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Research for Course Credit and Honors Recognition
- CRIM 2991: Research Practicum for credit (2-4 credits)
For information see the "course catalog" in myNEU or inquire with Associate Director Amy Farrell.
CRIM 2991 is a course designed for students who are interested in engaging in independent or group research under the supervision of a faculty member. Registering for this course offers students an opportunity to learn basic research methods within Criminal Justice. In order to enroll in this class, you must be Sophomore standing or higher and have permission and collaboration from an instructor.
- Honors in the Major
Undergraduate students can receive honors distinction in their major on their transcripts by successfully completing a CSSH honors research project. Students need not be members of the university-wide Honors Program to receive Honors in the Major. Ordinarily the scholarly project will be a single project pursued for two semesters and, although the project need not be done for academic credit, it will be equivalent to the work required by a minimum of 8 semester hours of academic coursework. Students carrying out an honors project will ordinarily register for XXXX 4970 Junior/Senior Honors Project 1 one semester and XXXX 4971 Junior/Senior Honors Project 2 in the subsequent semester, where XXXX is the departmental prefix. With the consent of the department, the student may register for one semester of another appropriate course with the departmental prefix. Applications are due in the fall semester of students’ final year.
- Provost Office’s Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavor Awards
The Provost’s Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors Awards offer financial and academic support to Northeastern students seeking to conduct original projects of their own design. The goal of the program is to encourage students representing a wide range of majors/disciplines to carry out both early and advanced independent research and creative endeavors under the mentorship of Northeastern faculty members.
- Undergraduate Research Initiative
The Undergraduate Research Initiative (URI) encourages undergraduate students in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities to carry out research and other creative activities in collaboration with, or under the close supervision of, faculty members with relevant research expertise. With the support of this fund, the College aims to help undergraduate students develop or enhance research competencies, including formulating research questions, developing a theoretical framework, defining the scope of a project and writing a proposal, developing a literature review, collecting data, conducting analysis, and writing up results. Students can request up to $1500.
- Brudnick Center Student Research Award (spring deadline for Summer Research)
Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict supports research that seeks solutions to problems of hostility and hatred arising from inter-group conflict and differences. The expectation is that the research results will lead to increased understating of the sources of inter-group tension and hatred in order to promote cooperation between and among groups. Please inquiry with Gordana Rabrenovic (email@example.com) for more information.
- Regional and National Fellowship Programs
The Office of Fellowships provides assistance for students interested in applying for an array of national and regional fellowship programs. Students can get more details about available fellowships and application deadlines at: http://www.northeastern.edu/fellowships/
Other Ways to Get Paid for Research
- Research experience work-study
If you qualify for work-study through your financial aid package, you may use the work-study money to work as a research assistant for a professor. Students should coordinate hiring into work study position with the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.
- Research co-ops with a faculty member, paid or unpaid, full- or part-time
You can fulfill your CO-OP experience by conducting research for a faculty member at Northeastern or elsewhere either domestically or abroad. Seek out a professor who is working on a topic that you are qualified to and interested in assisting with. Draft up a plan for how you can contribute to their research and what the outcome will be. Then present the plan to Michelle Zaff for her approval (firstname.lastname@example.org / 617.373.4210). Due dates follow the normal CO-OP schedule.
Forums for Presenting or Publishing Research
- Undergraduate Research Forum
CSSH is 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.
Each year, in an effort to support Northeastern University’s commitment to use-inspired research and solution focused innovation, hundreds of students and faculty members embark on an exciting opportunity to showcase the research and innovative thinking of the Northeastern community at the Research, Innovation, and Scholarship Expo (RISE).
- Undergraduate Research Journal, in formation
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 Professor Chris Parsons at email@example.com.