About

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.

Applications are currently closed.

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

Opportunities

Spring 2023 Opportunities 

Tempe/Online

Applied Philosophy Blog Editor
Maura Priest, Philosophy

This project, “Applied Philosophy Blog Editor,” seeks to bring philosophy to a wider audience, i.e., students and staff who are not philosophy majors nor researchers, and also the public at large. The blog posts interviews, debates, an advice column, articles, awards for ethical excellence, and also has associated social media accounts. The majority of content on the website is designed, written, spoken, etc. by those affiliated with ASU, but outside contributions are also common. 

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Race Laws in Arizona: 1836 to Present
Professor Julian Lim, History

This project is part of a larger grant-funded research project titled "Race Laws in the U.S. Southwest," and will proceed in coordination with other faculty and students at UT Austin, UC Irvine, and other universities and schools. Together, the team is building a comprehensive collection of race laws and city ordinances affecting Latinos/as/x and other racial and ethnic groups in the U.S. Southwest. Research findings will provide new relational understandings of race and discrimination in Latinos/as/x studies and U.S. history, and prompt more scholarship. Eventually, we hope our findings will be shared widely through various digital platforms, and be useful to journalists, lawyers, policy makers, and teachers. Chosen undergraduate research assistants will help me collect and compile such laws for the state of Arizona. 

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Salt River Stories Research Experience
Erin Craft, History

Through Salt River Stories, Arizona State University students and faculty curate the region’s history in collaboration with a variety of community partners that include historic preservationists, archivists, and community activists. Partners have included the Arizona Historical Society and the Tempe Historical Society, as well as to the members of the historic preservation community. With more than 250 digital interpretive stories, Salt River Stories receives more than 20,000 unique visitors per year. Student research and writing connections visitors to a more sophisticated view of the region’s history—that introduces them to sophisticated historiography, original research, and engaging historical writing. If you have a passion for research and writing, including exploring hidden history, this project is for you. Students will work with Senior Program Coordinator, Erin Craft, and Professor Mark Tebeau, and other faculty as relevant. Students will be expected to attend weekly 1-hour check-ins with Craft and Tebeau, which will be held on Zoom."

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Public History Research Experience
Erin Craft, History

Public History is history that engages the community in building connections to their pasts and each other. For this research experience, students will work with the Public History coordinator and various Faculty on a variety of ongoing Public History projects. These projects will change throughout the semester and will vary depending on if the student is in person or online. Students will participate in at least different two projects, but likely more. Projects might include archive work, transcription, creating a digital collection, oral history,
exhibition planning, community research, writing for the public or conducting collecting events. 

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Adventists and Franciscans in the Peruvian Amazon (1910-1940)
Professor Matthew Casey-Pariseault, History/Religious Studies

Catholic and Protestant missionaries competed for converts in many "frontier" regions in early 20th century Latin America. In Peru, even though the state was officially Catholic, the federal government encouraged this missionary competition as a means of nationalizing unincorporated territory and bringing remote Indigenous groups into the national community. Catholic missionaries, mostly Franciscans and Dominicans from Spain and Italy, carried out their civilizing mission alongside a variety of Protestant groups, most notably Seventh-Day Adventists from the United States. In this undergraduate research project, we will work through documents from both the Franciscan and Adventist missions to the Peruvian Amazon, aiming to understand their different models of engaging Native communities and how those communities made these religious traditions their own as a means to make a better life for themselves as the world changed around them. 

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Teaching Medieval Slavery and Captivity
Professor Hannah Barker, History 

Dr. Hannah Barker is developing a publicly available website with resources for professors who want to teach a unit or an entire course on slavery in the medieval world, students doing research projects on slavery in the medieval world, and members of the public who want to learn about slavery in the medieval world. It includes a collection of primary sources which have never before been translated into English and a selected bibliography for further reading. 

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The Wisdom of Torch: The Rise and Fall of Buddhist Stone Lamps in Medieval China
Professor Huaiyu Chen, Religious Studies 

The aim of this project is to offer a comprehensive evaluation of the rise and fall of stone lanterns under the changing historical and religious conditions in medieval Chinese Buddhism. Because stone lanterns are
significant objects in East Asian Buddhist culture, this project seeks to unfold how the stone lantern was invented by Chinese Buddhists in the mid-sixth century and was only exported to Korea and Japan in the eighth century, where admittedly the custom of building them flourished in the ensuing centuries. In analyzing stone lanterns as a unique case study, this project will demonstrate how the natural, sociocultural, and religious challenges shaped the Buddhist monastic monumentality in medieval China. This project might interest scholars who work on cultural history, art history, religious studies, ritual studies, and material culture.

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