Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society

Center for Research on
Race and Ethnicity in Society

A research center of the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, Indiana University Bloomington

Frequently Asked Questions: Undergraduate Research Program in the Social Sciences and Humanities

For Potential Participants:

Should I contact a potential faculty mentor before I submit an application?

It is highly suggested that students wanting to work with the URP seek out a faculty member before applying. Likewise, faculty are encouraged to invite applications from undergraduates they with whom they are already familiar. However, we will also work to pair faculty and undergraduates with similar research interests.

How long does the program last and how many hours per week are required?
The program begins at the beginning of the fall semester and concludes at the end of the Spring semester. Students are expected to work 10 hours per week and Faculty are expected to meet with students at least once a week and maintain communication with their student researcher.

“I felt like I truly had a stake in my university as I began to really see it as a place of such critical knowledge production.” – Abby McIntosh, 2016 Student Researcher

What’s the difference between working on an independent project and working on a faculty project?
The independent project is a student-led research project that progresses under the faculty mentor’s guidance. The student would propose an academic project, such as an essay, a digital media project, etc. Do note that students should identify a faculty mentor whose research focus relates to the student’s proposed project. The other option, and the most common, is a faculty-led research project. The student would work on particular components of the faculty mentor’s project, such as data compilation, coding, creating an annotated bibliography, etc.

What activities count toward the 10 weekly work hours?
Students are expected to work 10 hours per week. This includes a weekly meeting with their faculty mentor, responsibilities for the research project, and any tasks related to the monthly meeting with the CRRES Liaison (including meeting times).

When are URP participants paid?
Faculty funds are deposited to their research accounts at the end of each semester.
Student funds are disbursed bi-weekly. Funds disbursal is dependent on student participation in the program. Student must regularly attend meetings with faculty mentors, complete assigned tasks in timely manner, and attend monthly meetings with CRRES Liaison.

What if the project timeline or objectives change?
CRRES understands that project timelines and needs change. If the tasks and objectives outlined in the proposal need to be revisited and adjusted throughout the course of the semester, we understand. We do ask that you please inform us in the monthly evaluation if a substantive change occurs.

“We didn’t accomplish all of our goals, but those goals were ambitious, and we adjusted our research project as we went along… this, I think, was a good thing: as researchers, we know that every project changes and most need significant adjustment, so it’s good for students to see this process too.” –Professor Sarah Imhoff, 2016 Faculty Mentor, Departments of Jewish Studies and Religious Studies


Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society
Schuessler Institute for Social Research
1022 E. 3rd St., Room 209,
Bloomington, IN 47405
812-855-8016

Office Hours: Monday - Friday: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm