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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: March 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 in.

StudentMajorFaculty SponsorProject TitleSemester
Laura PackardEnglishRyan CordellThe Literary Adpocalypse: Understanding Advertisers’ Target Market in Nineteenth-Century Periodicals.” Spring 2019
Caroline SmithEnglishErika Boeckeler“Uncovering the Role of Female Printers in Early Modern England.” Spring 2019
Katrina HaaseInternational AffairsJosé Buscaglia“Political Implications of US Cultural Diplomacy in Cuba.” Fall 2018
Connor HamillPolitical ScienceErika Boeckeler“Music in the Text: What Music Can Reveal about Northeastern’s Only Medieval Manuscript.” Fall 2018
Morgan HinesBiology and EnglishNicole Aljoe“Representations of Health, Occupation, and Location in Early African-American Slave Narratives.” Fall 2018
John (Jack) LovettHistory and Political ScienceGretchen Heefner“Backlash in Boston: Louise Day Hicks and Urban White Ethnic Conservatism in the North.” Spring 2018
Jackson ReimerPolitical Science, Philosophy, and EconomicsAngela Kilby“Perceptions of Medication Assisted Treatment: Evidence from the r/Opiates Forum.” Spring 2018
Meghan JonesHistoryErika BoeckelerMedieval Music in Northeastern University’s Dragon Prayer BookFall 2017
Neiha LashariePolitical Science/International AffairsJulie GaryThe Mediterranean Migrant Crisis and Sex Trafficking Policy in the European UnionFall 2017
Laura PackardEnglishErika BoeckelerMedieval Music in Northeastern University’s Dragon Prayer BookFall 2017
Laura PackardEnglishErika BoeckelerAccessible Archives: Digitizing Northeastern's Only Medieval ManuscriptSummer 2016
Irem GirmenInternational AffairsLen AlbrightLooking for our Neighbors: An Evaluation Study of the Relationship between Northeastern University and the Roxbury CommunitySummer 2016
Taylor HollandInternational Affairs and HistoryLiza WeinsteinLessons From a Year of Activism: Reflecting on the Rhodes Must Fall Student MovementSummer 2016
Taryn KouryCriminal JusticeNatasha FrostEmotional and Behavioral Effects of Stress on Correctional OfficersSummer 2016
Alexis BondEnglishErika BoeckelerObjects as Texts: The Archival Search for Inscribed Objects from 1500-1700Summer 2016
Kimberly DacorognaEnglishKathleen KellyThoreau Drawings ProjectSummer 2016
Jane RudyPolitical Science and International AffairsPhilip D'AgatiExamining the ICTY to Evaluate Criticisms of Anti-Serb BiasSummer 2016
Madeline SeibertInternational Affairs and Environmental ScienceChris BossoPre-Consumer Food Supply Chain Food Waste in China: Current Situation and Potential SolutionsSummer 2016
Anna SmithEnglish/Graphic and Information DesignErika BoeckelerAccessible Archives: Digitizing Northeastern’s Only Medieval ManuscriptSummer 2016
Nolan TesisEnglishNicole AljoeBehind The Veil: Uncovering the History of Black Gay LiteratureSummer 2016
Pavitra ChariPolitical Science/EconomicsKirsten Rodine-HardySmall Technology in Big CountriesSpring 2016, Summer 2016
Brenna MurdockCriminal JusticeJacob StowellComing Home, Staying Home: An Analysis of the Effect of Immigration on Community Levels of RecidivismSpring 2016
Elena ChaceHuman Services and Criminal JusticeGia BarbozaAssociation of Discrimination-Related Trauma with Suicide Risk Among Transgendered AdultsSpring 2016
Bailey KilkuskieCriminal JusticeJacob StowellSexual Assault on Boston Area Campuses: Crime Rates and Student PerceptionsSpring 2016
Farhana HussainInternational AffairsDenis SullivanBetween Scylla and Charybdis: Dilemmas of Instituting a National Guard in IraqSpring 2016
Nicholas D'AmoreEnglishKathleen Kelly“A pencil is the best of eyes”: Thoreau’s DrawingsFall 2015
Haley EmersonHistoryJanet RandallPlain English Jury Instruction Project: MTurk Study, Final PhaseFall 2015
Morgan AdderleyInternational AffairsNicole AljoeRepresentations of the Indigenous Peoples of the CaribbeanFall 2015
Alison CampbellPolitical Science and International AffairsNatalie BormannThe Politics of Memory and Ethics of Representation in Post-Genocide RwandaFall 2015