current Undergraduate Research opportunities
ANTH 4950: Undergraduate Research
Anthropology allows undergraduate students to do research for credit towards the major.
Students must gain permission from an anthropology professor who also agrees to supervise their research for a semester. This course can be counted in the ANTH Topical section.
HUNTER-GATHERER ECOLOGY AND ECONOMICS
Explanations of major transitions in human history, from the evolution of our genus to the origins of agriculture, depend on quantitative estimates of the costs and benefits associated with various foraging activities. However, there is no standard database of existing data that can be used to systematically evaluate competing hypotheses. This project would begin to remedy these problems by combing the literature and extracting quantitative data on hunter-gatherer economics which will be added to a global database.
HISTORICAL DEMOGRAPHY OF BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
This is a collaborative project that examines how 13 populations on the Baja California Peninsula changed over time from 1700-1900AD. Research includes 1) data input on Birth, Death, and Marriage using historical records; 2) opportunities for data analysis, write up, and presentations; and 3) the possibility of travel to Baja California Sur, Mexico (for students will Upper-Level Spanish language abilities).
ENVIRONMENTAL & SUSTAINABILITY STUDIES
Environmental & Sustainability Studies allows research for credit, but under specific conditions:
- Must have core courses in ENVST major complete (ENVST 2000, 2100, 2050, 3210, 3364, 3365 & POLS 5322)
- 60+ credits
- Must have 3.5 GPA or higher
- Must be related to ENVST and approved through the online form at least 2 weeks before the semester they are planning on taking the course
- Can only count once in the major and in the ENVST experiential learning section (students can take either the ENVST internship requirement, research requirement, or Honors thesis)
- Once students fill out the form, they are given an add code for ENVST 5000, and students must take it for a total of 3 credits to meet this requirement
FAMILY & CONSUMER STUDIES
Family and Consumer Studies allows undergraduate students to do research for credit towards the major.
Students must gain permission from a family and consumer studies professor who also agrees to supervise their research for a semester. This course can be coutned in the FCHD elective section.
GEOG 5950: Individual Projects
Students can work on a research project with a faculty member or graduate student through independent study.
Students can sign up for GEOG 5950 multiple times, but it will only be counted once as an elective in any of the GEOG emphases.
Geography allows for research for credit outside of the department as long as it has a geographical component and is approved by the department chair.
Health, Society & Policy
HSP 4999: Honor's Thesis
HSP 5950: Independent Study*
*Only offered as part of a special arrangement or approval for UROP
PED 5700, 5900, 5902: These classes that make part of the Pediatric Clinical Research Minor
SOC 3960: Research Seminar
Health, Society & Policy allows undergraduate students to do research for elective credit (3 hour minimum) towards the major. Research courses in various departments could be petitioned for substitution approval.
POLS 4950: Independent Studies
If a student is going outside of Political Science for research, then they register for whatever the required research course is for the department they are working with. If they can prove the there was some POLS components within their research (online petition form), POLS will do an audit exception for it to apply towards their POLS major.
Research coursework applies towards POLS upper division electives at the 3000-4000 level.
LAW AND ORDER SVU AND GENDER BASED VIOLENCE EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN PROJECT
This project will involve a graduate student in the Department of Social Work, Kwynn Gonzales-Pons, as well as work with an Assistant Professor at Oklahoma State University, Corrine Schwartz. In this project, we will be designing an RCT experiment which will assign students to one of two trainings: the traditional bystander intervention training as required by SB 134 and clips of Law and Order SVU with guided discussion questions. Attitudes on gender-based violence will be measured with surveys before and after.
RESEARCH ON CONGRESS, PUBLIC POLICY, AND POLITICAL PARTIES
Dr. James Curry is interested in working with students on research regarding the U.S. Congress, American policymaking, American political parties, leadership in American politics, and American legislative elections.
*Course number depends on the lab area focus
Psychology allows undergraduate students to do research for credit towards their major.
Psychology also allows research for credit outside of the psychology department with approval from the Undergraduate Chair. Students will fill out a contract, and they must be doing research related to psychology with a faculty member outside of the department.
Students can do up to 6 credits of experiential learning in psychology including research, internship, and TA experiences towards their psychology elective section.
NATIONAL CENTER FOR VETERANS STUDIES SEEKING UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT WITH INTEREST IN PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH
Dr. Lauren Khazem is seeking a research assistant to aid in tasks associated with a study focusing on examining mechanisms contributing to suicide risk in individuals with various physical disabilities , including veterans. Individuals are participating in the study remotely from all areas of the United States.
Other opportunities to assist on other research projects may become available to reliable and promising RAs. This position is best suited for students interested in pursuing graduate study in psychology.
Sociology allows undergraduate students to do research for elective credit towards the major.
SOCIAL CONTEXTS OF HEALTH AND WELLBEING IN THE U.S. AND CHINA
Dr. Ming Wen can mentor projects that examine social determinants of any outcomes related to health and wellbeing across the whole life course. Her research focuses on two settings: USA and China. She typically uses existing survey data to examine research questions related to social contexts of health and wellbeing using a variety of statistical methods.
COMMUNITY-BASED AND GLOBAL HEALTH RESEARCH
Community-based and global health research projects in the following areas: immigrant and minority health, social determinants of health, health disparities, women’s health, intimate partner violence