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What is the 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.

How can I use the URI for undergraduate research?

Support can be used for a variety of activities including the purchase of data or software, trips to archives, library cards, preparation of materials for presentation, etc. Under certain circumstances, it may be appropriate to award students funding for their work. Students must conduct research with or under the supervision of a faculty member; however, that faculty member need not be in the student’s home department, program or school.

How do I apply for URI support?

There are three funding cycles: April 15 for funding beginning Summer and Fall semesters; July 31 for funding beginning Fall semester; and October 31 for funding beginning Spring semester. Visit the URI application page and complete the online application form by the deadline for the cycle for which you are interested.

Past URI award recipients

Past Recipients

Student Name Project Title Mentor Major
Bettio, Veronica Starving for Freedom: An Account of the Palestinian Hunger Strike

 

Delmas, Candace Politics, Philosophy, and Economics
Gallo, Ava Centering Community Voice in the Massachusetts Build Back Better Conversation

 

Berkey, Becca BA Environmental Studies and International Affairs, MS Security and Resilience Studies
Group: Kristie Chan Ancient Stoic Techniques and Mental Health Today

 

Stump, Jacob Explore
Sheridan Lasher Politics, Philosophy, and Economics
Edith Olmstead Politics, Philosophy, and Economics
Benjamin Gould Politics, Philosophy, and Economics
Jack Hoover Bioengineering
Alisha Karuvannur-Sandhu Biology/Philosophy
Emma Andrews Politics, Philosophy, and Economics
Lee, Kaitlyn Dating at a Distance: Navigating Sexual and Romantic Relationships and Emotional Intimacy during the COVID-19 Pandemic

 

Blum, Linda Sociology
Mariluz, Liz BRCA Communities In the Pandemic: Exploring the Role of Online Peer Support

 

Blum, Linda Sociology

 

Student Name Project Title Mentor Major
Kayla Vestergaard Boston’s Green New Deal, Power Dynamics, and Justice

 

Daniel Faber Environmental Studies/International Affairs
Jacob Davis Federalism and Murder in the British Leeward Islands, 1680-1720

 

Chris Parsons History
Erin Cutroneo Legitimzing Disposession

 

Liza Weinstein Cultural Anthropology/ International Affairs
Student Name Project Title Mentor Major
Laura Packard The Literary Adpocalypse: Understanding Advertisers’ Target Market in Nineteenth-Century Periodicals.”

 

Ryan Cordell English
Caroline Smith “Uncovering the Role of Female Printers in Early Modern England.”

 

Erika Boeckeler English
Student Name Project Title Mentor Major
Katrina Haase “Political Implications of US Cultural Diplomacy in Cuba.”

 

José Buscaglia International Affairs
Connor Hamill “Music in the Text: What Music Can Reveal about Northeastern’s Only Medieval Manuscript.”

 

Erika Boeckeler Political Science
Morgan Hines “Representations of Health, Occupation, and Location in Early African-American Slave Narratives.”

 

Nicole Aljoe Biology and English
Student Name Project Title Mentor Major
John (Jack) Lovett “Backlash in Boston: Louise Day Hicks and Urban White Ethnic Conservatism in the North.”

 

Gretchen Heefner History and Political Science
Jackson Reimer “Perceptions of Medication-Assisted Treatment: Evidence from the r/Opiates Forum.”

 

Angela Kilby Political Science, Philosophy, and Economics
Student Name Project Title Mentor Major
Meghan Jones Medieval Music in Northeastern University’s Dragon Prayer Book

 

Erika Boeckeler History
Neiha Lasharie The Mediterranean Migrant Crisis and Sex Trafficking Policy in the European Union

 

Julie Gary Political Science/International Affairs
Laura Packard Medieval Music in Northeastern University’s Dragon Prayer Book

 

Erika Boeckeler English
Student Name Project Title Mentor Major
Laura Packard Accessible Archives: Digitizing Northeastern’s Only Medieval Manuscript

 

Erika Boeckeler English
Irem Girmen Looking for our Neighbors: An Evaluation Study of the Relationship between Northeastern University and the Roxbury Community

 

Len Albright International Affairs
Taylor Holland Lessons From a Year of Activism: Reflecting on the Rhodes Must Fall Student Movement

 

Liza Weinstein International Affairs and History
Taryn Koury Emotional and Behavioral Effects of Stress on Correctional Officers

 

Natasha Frost Criminal Justice
Alexis Bond Objects as Texts: The Archival Search for Inscribed Objects from 1500-1700

 

Erika Boeckeler English
Kimberly Dacorogna Thoreau Drawings Project

 

Kathleen Kelly English
Jane Rudy Examining the ICTY to Evaluate Criticisms of Anti-Serb Bias

 

Philip D’Agati Political Science and International Affairs
Madeline Seibert Pre-Consumer Food Supply Chain Food Waste in China: Current Situation and Potential Solutions

 

Chris Bosso International Affairs and Environmental Science
Anna Smith Accessible Archives: Digitizing Northeastern’s Only Medieval Manuscript

 

Erika Boeckeler English/Graphic and Information Design
Nolan Tesis Behind The Veil: Uncovering the History of Black Gay Literature

 

Nicole Aljoe English
Pavitra Chari Small Technology in Big Countries

 

Kirsten Rodine-Hardy Political Science/Economics
Student Name Project Title Mentor Major
Pavitra Chari Small Technology in Big Countries

 

Kirsten Rodine-Hardy Political Science/Economics
Brenna Murdock Coming Home, Staying Home: An Analysis of the Effect of Immigration on Community Levels of Recidivism

 

Jacob Stowell Criminal Justice
Elena Chace Association of Discrimination-Related Trauma with Suicide Risk Among Transgendered Adults

 

Gia Barboza Human Services and Criminal Justice
Bailey Kilkuskie Sexual Assault on Boston Area Campuses: Crime Rates and Student Perceptions

 

Jacob Stowell Criminal Justice
Farhana Hussain Between Scylla and Charybdis: Dilemmas of Instituting a National Guard in Iraq

 

Denis Sullivan International Affairs
Sneha Pandya Mapping Trends in Indian-American Literatures

 

Bonnie TuSmith English
Student Name Project Title Mentor Major
Nicholas D’Amore “A pencil is the best of eyes”: Thoreau’s Drawings

 

Kathleen Kelly English
Haley Emerson Plain English Jury Instruction Project: MTurk Study, Final Phase

 

Janet Randall History
Morgan Adderley Representations of the Indigenous Peoples of the Caribbean

 

Nicole Aljoe International Affairs
Alison Campbell The Politics of Memory and Ethics of Representation in Post-Genocide Rwanda

 

Natalie Bormann Political Science and International Affairs
Student Name Project Title Mentor Major
Maisam A. Alahmed Landmine Victim Assistance

 

Denise Garcia International Affairs
Gemma Bonfiglioli Peer-to-Peer Cross-Cultural Project-Based Community Engagement

 

Lori Gardinier International Affairs and Human Services
Student Name Project Title Mentor Major
Pavel Zubov Africa Made in China

 

Nina Sylvanus International Affairs
Joanne Afornalli Our Marathon

 

Ryan Cordell English
Alison Campbell The Road to Opportunities: Creating Horizontal and Vertical Pathways through Partnerships for Disconnected Youth

 

Gia Barboza Political Science and International Affairs
Alana Dore Plain English Jury Instruction Project MTURK Study

 

Janet Randall English and Linguistics
Emily Barton What is Neurodiversity? Exploring How an Online Discourse Counters Stigma

 

Linda Blum Sociology and Cultural Anthropology
Abdul Hafiz Hausa Diaspora in West Africa

 

William Miles International Affairs and Political Science