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This undergraduate program engages students in the University Honors Program in research within the humanities, social sciences, education, business, music and other disciplines. We observe a common misperception that research opportunities appear exclusive to STEMM (science, technology, engineering, math, and medicine) fields, but this program aims to increase awareness that research is available and important to students in all fields.  

In this program, undergraduate students will be paid up to $4,000 (depending on time commitment and financial eligibility) during the summer to work full-time with faculty mentors on research projects and to attend UHP workshops addressing topics such as networking and professional presentation.  This opportunity is grounded in experiential learning, which is central to the UHP vision of developing students into global citizen scholars who lead innovative efforts towards solving the world’s complex problems. This program has been created so that students gain a deeper understanding of their field, establish professional contacts with leading faculty, and are better prepared to advance to the next stage of their career.

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The 2018 application cycle is now closed. Applications for summer 2019 will open in spring 2019.

Overview and Eligibility

UHP DISCOVER is open to all UHP students in the program during the Summer 2018 semester (May 7 - August 4, 2018). This is a paid research opportunity that will also qualify as two pre-approved honors experiences.

  • As we value interactions across disciplines, students may apply for research projects outside of their own department or college.
  • First and Second Year students are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Students will be required to present their research results at the conclusion of the summer session.


  • If successfully matched with a faculty member, students will receive an Honors Grant of up to $4,000. Students must agree with the faculty member on their schedule in terms of duration (number of weeks) and intensity (hours/week) so that the full amount of required hours is completed by August 4.
  • All honors grants will be awarded in two parts - upon beginning the research, and after completion of the research experience and during a term that the student is enrolled full time in classes (at least 12 credit hours). This requirement could delay the receipt of grant funds.
  • In order to receive the funds, students must be financially eligible as the honors grant is considered a financial scholarship that could affect an individual student’s financial aid package. Some students may not be eligible to receive honors grants due to the amount of scholarship funding that they are already receiving. This can especially impact students who have the full cost of their education funded by scholarships. If you are unsure of whether you would be eligible to receive an additional scholarship (the honors grant is posted to your student account as a scholarship), please contact OneStop. 
  • Grants cannot be posted to students' accounts during terms in which they are on co-op.
  • Lack of financial eligibility will not prevent a student from participating in UHP DISCOVER, if the student is willing to participate as an unpaid participant.
  • See full honors grant information here.

Application and Matching Process

  • Info sessions will be held in 700 Swift Hall on Tuesday, January 16 from 9-10am and Wednesday, January 17 from 3-4pm. You may attend all or part of the session as your schedule allows.
  • Review the descriptions for each project below.
  • Fill in the online UHP DISCOVER application by Friday, February 9, 2018. This information will then be sent to the potential faculty mentors, who will then contact students for any additional information and interviews.
  • Students can apply to more than one research project but they can only work on a single project during the program.
  • Both students and faculty must confirm the match via email to Megan Minton by Friday, March 9.
  • If you have any questions, please contact Megan Minton at megan.minton@uc.edu.


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Mentor Projects

For questions regarding UHP DISCOVER, contact:

Megan Minton, Assistant Director and Honors Advisor

513-556-3202 | megan.minton@uc.edu


Faculty: Apply here for consideration for Summer 2018

$1,000 will be given to the faculty mentor for direct use in the project, and up to $4,000 (depending on the student’s individual commitment per week and financial eligibility) will be given to the selected student. To receive the funds, undergraduate students must complete the research project to the satisfaction of the faculty mentor and present their research results as outlined above.  If appropriate, written results, reports, or papers can also be deposited at Scholar@UC (see https://scholar.uc.edu).

For Faculty

Five faculty-student pairs will be supported during Summer 2018.  The process is as follows:

  • Faculty must submit a brief summary of their proposed research project to the UHP by Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. Proposals will then be reviewed by a committee of faculty and UHP staff. This information will then be posted online by Friday, Dec. 22 for honors students to view.
  • Undergraduate honors students must then apply to their desired project(s) by Friday, February 8, 2018. In-person interviews may commence as applications are received.
  • The faculty member will then indicate his/her choice of student to the UHP by Monday, March 5, 2018. 
  • UHP will then confirm the pairing by Friday, March 9, 2018.
  • Students will begin work at the beginning of the Summer 2018 semester.
  • UHP students are required to present their research at the conclusion of the summer to fellow members of the program, mentors, and UHP staff.