You will be introduced to the culture of research. Research can take many forms and spans every discipline, but it starts with identifying a question, an idea, theory, problem, or hypothesis. You will learn how to design questions, test multiple methods to seek answers, share what you’ve learned and articulate possible implications. Your research should expand knowledge, improve understanding and contribute to a community of scholars.
By engaging in this thematic area, you will make progress towards learning how to…
- Demonstrate the ability to locate, interpret, and critically evaluate primary sources appropriate to field.
- Identify and apply appropriate methods to collect and organize data for analysis.
- Analyze and interpret the meaning of results.
- Produce dissemination appropriate to the field in order to share the results or impact of the research.
- Articulate the broader significance of the research project and its relationship to other fields, research and ideas.
Proposal Considerations Expand
- Abstract - It is easy to get excited about the subject that you are researching, but do not forget to discuss how you will be growing in your understanding of being a researcher. How are you developing your perspective on how knowledge is generated and disseminated?
- Reflection - Lab notebooks, and the like, are typically expected within the professional realm of research as a way of documenting your methods. They are not a form of reflection in themselves. You need to articulate how you will be reflecting on your personal growth throughout the experience.
- Budget - If your experience is unpaid, make sure to check out this page. Additionally, remember to note the number of hours that you will be working per week and the total number of weeks in the budget section.
- If you are considering doing a research experience in another country, you need to review our International Travel web page.
- If you are presenting at a professional conference, University Honors can help you with printing and travel costs. Click here to learn how.
- Get tips and a list of local poster printing options from UC's Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarly Endeavors and Creative Practice.
- Learn about printing options through UC's Academic Health Center.
Some Related Books, Resources and Theories Expand
- The Research Process: Books and Beyond (5th edition) by Myrtle Bolner, Gayle Poirier, Teresa Welsh & Johnnie Edmand Pace
- InterViews: Learning the Craft of Qualitative Research Interviewing by Svend Brinkmann & Steinar Kvale
- The SAGE Handbook of Interview Research: The Complexity of the Craft by Jaber Gubrium & James Holstein
- Discovering Qualitative Methods: Ethnography, Interviews, Documents, and Images (3rd Edition) by Carol Warren and Tracy Xavia Karner
- Universal Methods of Design: 100 Ways to Research Complex Problems, Develop Innovative Ideas, and Design Effective Solutions by Bella Martin
- Research Methods in Theatre and Performance (Research Methods for the Arts and the Humanities) by Baz Kershaw and Helen Nicholson
What's going on around UC? Expand
- The Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarly Endeavors and Creative Practice (URSC). This office holds workshops to help you learn about opportunities to engage in research as an undergraduate. It also administers the R.E.C.O.N. program that connects you to an older undergrad who mentors you through the process of finding a research placement. The office also sponsors the UC Undergraduate Conference: Research, Scholarship & Creative Works, UC's annual celebration of student research, scholarship and creative work.
- UC's official research website can connect you to many opportunities! Take some time to look through that website.
- Students are strongly encouraged to contact faculty in their college/department and/or area of research interest in order to learn about opportunities in that area. Students in any major may pursue a creative arts experience. Students are encouraged to contact faculty and other experts in the area of interest for guidance.
- *ASPET-Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships in Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Pharmaceutical Research
- Academic Internship Program
- Biological Sciences
- *Biomedical Research Internship for Minority Students
- *UHP Biomedical Research and Mentoring Program (UHP Biomed RaMP)- This unique program provides first- and second-year University Honors students with experience in a research lab and intensive mentoring by a graduate student or post-doctoral fellow at either Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) or The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine (UCCOM).
- Center for Field Studies
- *McNair Scholars Program
- *College of Medicine Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF)
- *Research, Observation, Service and Education (ROSE)
- *Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) in Membrane Science, Technology and Bio-Applications
- SigmaXI - UC Chapter
- *Student Achievement in Research and Scholarship (STARS)
- Summer Undergraduate Mentored Research Program
- *Taft Undergraduate Senior Research Fellowship
- *Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)
- Undergraduate Research Council - Undergraduate Student Research Fellowship Program
- External Programs (outside of UC)
You can also find a multitude of organizations in and around Cincinnati in which you can get involved.
*Pre-approved honors experiences