Undergraduate Research Program in the Social Sciences and Humanities
CRRES launched the Undergraduate Research Program in the Social Sciences and Humanities (URP) in Fall 2016. The URP is designed to allow students the opportunity to experience hands-on work on a research project or other type of scholarly activity under the mentorship of a faculty member. Both the faculty mentor and the student researcher are compensated for their efforts. Students receive a $1500 stipend (equals about $11/hour); faculty mentors are compensated with research assistance—in the form of both a dedicated research assistant and $500 deposited to their IUB research accounts.
CRRES provides structure and guidelines for the mentors and student researchers, and the Center’s Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) serves as the CRRES Liaison for the Program, organizing workshops and training for the students. In addition to research training on the faculty mentor’s project, students learn how to craft a polished CV, create a poster presentation, and write an annotated bibliography, among other relevant academic skills.
“Jasmine provided crucial work on the project at a pivotal stage, and it has been extremely rewarding seeing her intellectual development as she progresses toward graduate school. And on a personal level, it feels extremely good to be contributing to a solution to pipeline issues for underrepresented students in graduate school.” –Professor Matthew Hayes, 2016 Faculty Mentor, Department of Political Science
The pilot semester of the URP was comprised of a wide variety of projects led by faculty mentors from five distinct disciplines: Geography, Religious Studies, Political Science, History, and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. That inaugural semester of the URP was sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs. The current iteration of the Program includes faculty and students from Political Science, the Media School, English, and the School of Education.
2017-2018 Undergraduate Research Program student participants meet with CRRES Liaison Tamara Mitchell for an annotated bibliographies workshop. Students practice various research skills with the CRRES Liaison, including developing a CV, writing an abstract, and preparing a poster presentation.