University of Cincinnati honor students presentation in professor Bene Khoury class at Lindner College of Business Friday August 5, 2022. Photo by Joseph Fuqua II

Students: Learn More

Summer 2025 Applications will open February 2025. To see the 2024 projects, please go to the 2024 UHP Discover Projects Page!

UHP Discover is open to University Honors Program undergraduate students. This paid research opportunity that will qualify as two pre-approved honors experiences and takes place every Summer. 

  • We value interaction across disciplines - UHP students from any discipline are encouraged to apply. Students do not have to have prior research experience to qualify.
  • Students may apply for research projects outside of their own department or college.
  • This is a full-time, (30–40 hours per week) paid research commitment. Please see the "Student Funding" section below for details on payment.  
  • Students cannot be enrolled in full-time classes if they are participating in UHP Discover. If a student is enrolling in a summer class(es), the student should not be enrolled in more than 6 credit hours. In addition, any class that the student is enrolled in cannot conflict with the UHP Discover research requirements.
  • Students are expected to prioritize the full-time work schedule for UHP Discover before other work commitments. Students cannot participate in full-time coop programs (or other full-time work), unless UHP Discover is the coop. They will work with faculty mentors to determine time, date, and location expectations (hybrid, in-person, etc.).
  • Students may only participate in UHP Discover two times. 
  • The program is open to UHP students of all years (provided that you are still in the UHP in Summer 2024; students graduating in Spring 2024 are not eligible). 
  • Students will be required to participate in weekly professional development sessions during the summer. 
  • Students will be required to present their research results at the conclusion of the summer session.
  • Upon completion of all requirements, students will earn two honors experiences. 
  • For Summer 2025, research opportunities may be either fully virtual, in- person, or in hybrid formats depending on university policies and the needs of the faculty mentors. 
  • International students will need to work with UC International and the UHP Discover coordinator to complete any paperwork or VISA requirements.
  • To be paid, students must be eligible to be employed in the United States. 
  • Please view our informational video to learn more about UHP Discover.
  • Summer 2025 project descriptions will be added to this webpage in early-to-mid February 2025. Please review the project descriptions once available. 
  • Complete the online UHP Discover application beginning mid-February. 
  • Upon completion, your application(s) will be forwarded to the potential faculty mentor(s), who will then contact selected students for any additional information and to schedule interviews. Please note that you are not guaranteed an interview. It is a competitive matching / selection process. 
  • Students can apply to up to 8 research projects (by filling out multiple applications) but they can only work on a single project during the program. We encourage students to tailor each application to the specific project for which they apply.
  • Matches should NOT be offered prior February 20. Students have 24 hours to accept/decline a match.
  • Both students and faculty must confirm the match by March 8 via email to Whitney Menser.
  • If successfully matched with a faculty mentor, students will be paid* for their full-time research.
  • Pay will be $15 per hour, up to 40 hours per week, up to $6000 in total for the summer (note: no overtime is available). The actual amount earned will be based on the actual number of hours that the student works and could be less than $6000 in total. This amount is not guaranteed. Funding is unable to be provided for students who work more than their contracted hours.
  • Students must develop their work schedule in agreement with their faculty mentor, including duration (number of weeks) and intensity (hours per week) prior to beginning research. This schedule will be outlined in a signed contract provided to the UHP.
  • You cannot work more than 40 hours per week in UHP Discover. In addition, if you will be employed in another student position at UC in Summer 2024, you cannot work more than 40 hours per week in total between the positions. 

* To be paid, students must be eligible to be employed in the United States. 

For questions, please email Whitney Menser.