SHPRS’ Undergraduate Research Experience places undergraduate students into research assistant opportunities working with individual faculty members on their research projects. Students will enroll in HST/ PHI/ REL 494: Undergraduate Research Experience* and may earn up to 9 hours of elective credits (and in some cases, apply them towards their major). All students in good academic standing are invited to apply (minimum GPA 2.0). 

Undergraduate research opportunities will be added as they become available. Please check back regularly for new opportunities.

* As with any course at ASU that earns credit, regular tuition charges apply. 

**Undergraduate Research Experience can only count as elective credit within the major and cannot substitute for required courses. If you have already fulfilled all of your major electives, the course will only count as general elective credit. If your major is not in SHPRS, please consult with your major advisor.

Apply here for spring 2022

Deadline: October 22, 2021

Benefits of the program 
  • First-hand experience of professional research
  • Learn applicable research skills
  • Invest invaluable relationships with faculty  
Program highlights 

As a research assistant, you will:

  • Work with SHPRS faculty supporting his or her research
  • Earn credit commensurate with the number of hours of work (determined in advance and detailed in the URE contract)
  • Learn applicable research skills
  • Strengthen your resume and grad school application 
Steps to apply

1. Review the URE opportunities available and determine which one(s) interest you. 

2. Submit your application. You may apply to more than one research opportunity, but you must submit a separate application for each. Faculty leading the project may request a follow-up interview. 

3. Receive an email announcing selected applicants and next steps. Once you’re in the door make the best of the opportunity…learn what you came to learn, get your questions answered, make a connection that lasts a lifetime.

Questions? Email Marissa.R.Timmerman@asu.edu


Spring 2022 Opportunities 


Slavery and Captivity in the Medieval World: Pedagogical Approaches 
Professor Hannah Barker, History

This project, “Slavery and Captivity in the Medieval World: Pedagogical Approaches,” will involve assisting Dr. Barker in developing a publicly available website (www.medievalslavery.org) with resources for professors who want to teach a unit or an entire course on slavery in the medieval world, students completing research projects, and members of the public who want to learn more about this topic. It will include a collection of primary sources which have never before been translated into English and a selected bibliography for further reading.



Title IX 50th Anniversary Research Project
Professor Victoria Jackson, History

This project, “Title IX 50th Anniversary Research Project,” students will be working to collect historical materials and oral histories related to the Valley’s Title IX history leading into the 50th anniversary of Title IX on June 23, 2022. This project will likely be working in partnership with Sun Devil Athletics and the Cronkite School of Journalism to share stories collected in public venues. 


Community Art, Community History
Professor Catherine O'Donnell, History

This project, “Community Art, Community History,” will offer students the opportunity to work with Herberger Art and Design Corps to research the history of a community group and participate in the development of a community arts project reflecting that history. 


Berlin Wall Exhibition
Professor Volker Benkert, History

This project, “Berlin Wall Exhibition,” will involve helping design a small exhibition on the Berlin Wall on the fourth floor of Coor Hall. Thanks to the German Honorary Consul, the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies has recently acquired a large original piece of the Berlin Wall. We would now like to design an exhibition putting the historical artifact into context. Guided by Erin Craft and Volker Benkert, interested students will familiarize themselves with the history of the Berlin Wall, gather sources and images, as well as design the exhibit.  



Henry H. Proctor and the Black Social Gospel Movement
Professor Moses Moore, Religious Studies

This project, “Henry H. Proctor and the Black Social Gospel Movement,” involves online archival research intended to facilitate the final stages of a manuscript focused on the life and social gospel ministry of Henry H. Proctor.