Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Undergraduate + Master's Research Symposium
Each year, the School of Human Evolution and Change holds a symposium to showcase undergraduate research. Students are free to present on original research, research that is being conducted with a faculty member or on any topic related to anthropology, global health or applied math. For example, students can present on a term paper written for a class. Or students can take an experience from a study abroad program and present their interpretations or findings on the program.
Research Apprenticeship Program
Most of the world-class faculty in our school started their careers as undergraduate researchers. For many, the experience of working closely with outstanding scientists on their research projects helped them decide on their career paths, gave them mentoring, built their resumes and helped them develop skills far beyond what is possible through regular classroom instruction. Participating as a collaborator in research can significantly help students shape and reach their intellectual and career goals, as well as enrich the learning experience. It also helps students connect with a community of student peers and mentors (such as graduate students) who share their interests and passions, and to gain confidence and skills.
Undergraduate Research Award
Every semester, the School of Human Evolution and Social Change bestows research awards in the amount of $1,000 to select undergraduate students in its majors. The awards allow students to explore a topic close to their interests, giving them unique experience for graduate school in any field, in addition to building and strengthening their resumes. Students are awarded a stipend for 9 hours of supervised study each week (of the semester that they have been awarded) to carry out their own research.