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Social Sciences Research

There are many ways to pursue research as an undergraduate in social sciences:

1.  Design your own research project through the  SSURE independent research grants.  

These grants, up to $1500 are awarded to students who propose to conduct independent research on a topic of their choice with a social sciences faculty advisor.  

2. Participate in the Social Sciences Applied Innovation Lab.  

Students in the Applied Innovation Lab learn the elements of problem solving in the business environment. Project teams interact with businesses or non-profit organizations seeking creative solutions to challenges they face. This three-credit semester long course offers experiential learning on all project phases from investigation and analysis through presentation of recommendations design to meet real-world needs. Special registration required, all majors are encouraged to apply! 

3. Work as a student assistant as part of a faculty research team.

Students may familiarize themselves with social sciences faculty and their projects by exploring the scholarly interests postings and reviewing faculty interviews conducted by former student participants. Students may volunteer, earn “supervised research” course credit, or receive compensation depending on the project. Ask your professors if they are looking for assistants.

4.  Participate in campus wide programs such as RUSP by contacting the Office of Undergraduate Research.