Research is not just about test tubes, microscopes, and beakers.
Scholarship, inquiry, and discovery— whether in the lab, the archives, the studio, the business incubator, communities, or through creative exploration and production— are the highlight of many University Honors students’ experiences. Whereas Honors students are often attracted to these opportunities to help them prepare for graduate and professional study, enormous benefits can be derived from simply learning how to ask and systematically answer interesting questions. And, developing a relationship with a faculty member who is personally guiding your work can be a pivotal experience.
The University Honors Program offers students considerable support as they explore opportunities for engaging in research and creative endeavors and take advantage of the expertise of faculty and graduate students from all parts of campus and beyond.
Students may engage in research and creative endeavors in a variety of ways: for example, by serving as a research assistant in a professor’s laboratory or studio; taking an independent/directed study course to explore an issue in greater depth; proposing an original project to be conducted under the mentorship of a faculty member; by performing an (optional) interdisciplinary thesis though Honors; or by completing an Honors in the Discipline project through one’s department or college.