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 fall 2022

Deadline: March 18, 2022

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


Fall 2022 Opportunities 


Journal of the Plague Year: A Digital Archive of COVID-19
Erin Craft, 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. It is the largest digital archive of the pandemic in the world. 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. Students have played a vital role in curating the archive and presenting the work to broad historical communities. 


San Francisco 8 & African American History Textbook Project
Professor Curtis Austin, History

The project, “San Francisco 8 & African American History Textbook Project,” focuses on a court case involving the 2007 arrests of 8 former members of the Black Panther Party for a police homicide that occurred in San Francisco in 1971. It covers topics ranging from the trial hearings and national and international organizing by the
SF8's supporters as well FBI and police misconduct, including the use of torture and armed ambushes. A San Francisco judge dismissed the murder charges in September 2011. The project also covers the social and political histories of Black Americans from the 1970s to the present and examines the role of the Black Panther
Party, and its offshoot, the Black Liberation Army, in effecting social change in cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City, and New Orleans. Also featured will be Congress's attempts to solve Civil Rights-era cold case murders and the roles of the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security in these efforts. It will also
detail why a San Francisco judge dismissed the murder charges in 2011. Additionally, the social and political histories of Black Americans from the 1970s to the present will be covered. Intended for a textbook entitled "Culture and Resistance," these chapters will focus on housing issues, voting rights, presidential politics, state and local political organizing, the impact of Hip-Hop and Black Lives Matter, immigration, employment issues and mass incarceration. 


Fishing & Travel Writing in the 19th & 20th Centuries
Professor Tobias Harper, History

For this project, “Fishing and Travel Writing in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries,” students will search for and read fishing stories from travelers in the British Empire. There is a vast enthusiast fishing literature in English, most of it from the last two hundred years. This project is part of a history of fish and fishing in the
British Empire in an effort to see how ideas, laws, and fish themselves moved around the world in the nineteenth century, driven by the high cultural priority given by elites in the British Empire to fishing as recreation and certain kinds of fish as status symbols. 


Salt River Stories Research Experience
Erin Craft, History

Through Salt River Stories (https://saltriverstories.org/), 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.


Public History Research Experience
Erin Craft, History

Public History is the act of “putting history to work in the world” by engaging communities in building
connections to their pasts and each other. At ASU, the public history program builds and develops a variety of projects that include: digital history archives (Journal of a Plague Year), interpretive place-based curatorial projects (Salt River Stories), thinks about historical memory (World War II Global Monuments), supports the
study of the genocide (Genocide Week), thinks critical about religious communities and place (Beth Hebrew Synagogue Project), intervenes in debates about slavery and society (Medieval Slavery Project), partners with regional history archives, such as the Arizona Historical Society, to explore the region’s history through exhibit
project. 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.



Why We Doubt
Professor Angel Pinillos, Philosophy

For this project, “Why We Doubt,” students will help with the final revisions to a book manuscript 'Why We Doubt: A Cognitive Account of Our Skeptical Inclinations". This book defends a theory of why humans feel doubt in a range of philosophical cases (such as Descartes' evil demon and lottery cases) as well as in cases
of practical importance (involving Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Conspiracy theories)



Applied Philosophy Website Editor/Research
Professor Maura Priest, Philosophy

This project, “Applied Philosophy Website Editor/Research,” provides assistance with ASU's applied philosophy website. Skills in website management are not necessary, but they are helpful.