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Research for every stage of your undergraduate career

The College of Social Sciences and Humanities encourages all undergraduate students to participate in 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 or in collaboration with faculty doing cutting-edge research. 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.

Below, you will find descriptions and links that will connect you with undergraduate research opportunities. There are opportunities for all stages of your career (beginner and advanced); undertaken for credit or paid; pursued independently (with faculty mentorship) or in collaboration with faculty or multi-generational teams.

The opportunities are listed roughly in order from more introductory to more advanced, but every student’s research path will be different, and some of these opportunities will be appropriate throughout your undergraduate career. We encourage you to talk early to your academic advisor about your research interests, to follow up with faculty members whose work is of interest to you, and to pursue opportunities of different kinds throughout your undergraduate career.

CSSH Opportunities

2991 Research (Class) - Introductory, independent research in your major

Involves students in collaborative research under the supervision of a faculty member. Offers students an opportunity to learn basic research methods in the discipline. Earns from 1-4 credits. For information about registering for this class reach out to your academic advisor advisor.

Research Co-op - Develop transferable research skills as you add to your resume

You can develop research skills on co-ops in archives, libraries, law firms, and many other workplaces!  For more information, please visit the co-op page and talk to your co-op advisor.

4991 Research (Class) - Advanced-level, independent research (with faculty mentor) in your major

Offers independent work under the direction of members of the department on a chosen topic. Course content depends on instructor. Earns 4 credits.

4970/4971 Junior/Senior Honors Seminar

Focuses on in-depth project in which a student conducts research or produces a product related to the student’s major field for Honors in the Discipline (Major). Students may enroll in one or both semesters depending on extent of the project.

To learn more about the Honors in the Major click here.

Undergraduate Research Initiative

The Undergraduate Research Initiative (URI) provides funding undergraduate students in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities to carry out research or creative activity with the mentorship of a faculty member with relevant expertise.

Funding supports research-related activities such as the purchase of data or software, trips to archives, library cards, preparation of materials for presentation, or stipends for research conducted in lieu of employment. Students must conduct research with or under the supervision of a qualified faculty member and must make an original and distinct contribution.

There are three funding cycles.  The deadlines are: March 15 for funding in following summer and fall semesters; July 31 for in fall semester; and October 31 for funding in following semester. Visit the URI application page and complete the online application form by the deadline for the cycle for which you are interested.

To learn more about the Undergraduate Research Initiative click here.

INSH 2992 – Transcript recognition for research not documented elsewhere

This 0-credit class offers students an opportunity to document contributions to research projects or creative endeavors that are not otherwise credited. The class requires a faculty mentor and will appear on your transcript as INSH 2992: Research.

Undergraduate Research Forum - Present your research in CSSH

Find the current call for papers and the most recent program on the Undergraduate Research Forum page.

Honors in The Major - Participation in the University Honors Program not required

To learn more about the Honors in the Major click here.

University-wide Opportunities

Office of Undergraduate Research & Fellowships

One stop for research funding, fellowship opportunities, and mentorship support.  To discover all of their resources, visit their webpage.

PEAK Awards - Develop your research skills and experience from your first to your final year

Connect with a faculty member in class or over lunch, collaborate with an organization, develop an independent project, travel for your research – find support for these experiences and more on the PEAK webpage.

Explore Research Opportunities - Connect with faculty looking for research assistants

Search faculty research projects at this link:

These opportunities may be undertaken for credit or for pay, and are open to all students, including those with federal work-study funds.


University Honors Program

Are you a member of the University Honors Program? The program offers its students a variety of awards, including travel awards, to support early and advanced research. Click here for more information.

RISE - Showcase your original research

To discover all of their resources, visit their webpage.

SOURCE - Meet faculty researchers

Attend the Scholarship Opportunities for Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavor (Source) on September 25th, 2019 from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm, Curry Student Center 2nd floor ballroom.  Connect with faculty doing research in your area of interest.