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 2021

Deadline: October 23, 2020

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 2021 Opportunities 


Journal of the Plague Year: A Digital Archive of COVID-19
Professor Catherine O'Donnell, History

This project, “Journal of the Plague Year: A Digital Archive of COVID-19,” is a crowd-sourced digital archive of the COVID-19 pandemic. Organized into thematic sites and searchable through its metadata, the archive offers current and future users insight into the way the pandemic has been experienced by people and communities across the world.


The Introduction of Trout and Salmon in Australia, South Africa and New Zealand
Professor Tobias Harper, History

This project, “The Introduction of Trout and Salmon in Australia, South Africa and New Zealand,” is part of a history of recreational angling in the British Empire. In the nineteenth and early twentieth century British anglers and colonists introduced European and American fish into rivers in Africa, South Asia, Australia, and New Zealand in the hopes of creating new sport and food sources. Many of the formal records of how this was achieved are lost, but this was frequently reported in newspapers in Britain and in the colonies where these fish were introduced.


Peace with Other: Violence, Hatred, and Possibilities of Coming Together
Professor Chad Haines, Religious Studies

This project, “Peace with Other: Violence, Hatred, and Possibilities of Coming Together,” provides assistance for a volume of essays for which Dr. Haines is co-editor. The project explores diverse ways the Other is imagined as a threat and various ways such a divisive Othering can be overcome. Chapters in the book focus on migrants and refugees, minorities, gender and sexuality, as well as non-human others. Dr. Haines’ own contribution is on Islamophobia in the United States, right-wing extremists, and conspiracy theories focused on religious minorities.


Applied Philosophy Webpage
Professor Maura Priest, Philosophy 

This project, “Applied Philosophy Webpage,” seeks to be a place where the average person can enjoy an introduction to philosophical writing, thinking, and reasoning. Each month the website features a philosophical debate, an interview about philosophical research, an ethics advice column, and an award given out to a philosophically virtuous ASU associate.