Undergraduate Research Experience

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 2020

Benefits of the program 

  • First-hand experience of professional research
  • Learn applicable research skills
  • Invest in valuable 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 2020 Opportunities 


The Forever Soldiers: Americans at War in Afghanistan and Iraq
Professor Kyle Longley, History

This project, “The Forever Soldiers: Americans at War in Afghanistan and Iraq”, is to research those who fought in Afghanistan and Iraq in the most recent wars. Professor Longley is looking at soldiers including those who are in the Guard and Reserves with a special focus on women as well as others including those in the intelligence agencies. Additionally, research will include looking at the contractors who served. 




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

This project, “Slavery and Captivity in the Medieval World: Pedagogical Approaches”, is to assist in the creation of 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 will include a collection of primary sources which have never before been translated into English and a selected bibliography of secondary sources for further reading.



History of Freshwater Fishing in the British Empire
Professor Tobias Harper, History

This project, “History of Freshwater Fishing in the British Empire,” is a cultural and political history of freshwater fishing in the British Empire. Dr. Harper is in the very early stages of this project, and would like students to assist in surveying the range of texts in Britain and the British Empire dealing in some way with freshwater fishing as leisure, subsistence, and business including debates about poaching and discussions of acclimatization (i.e. transplanting fish species between different parts of the world).



Philosophical Development and Psychological Growth 
Professor Michelle Saint, Philosophy 

Is philosophy a form of psychotherapy? This project is intended to analyze the relationship between philosophical growth, as experienced in a philosophy classroom, and psychological / emotional growth, as experienced in personal therapy with a mental health counselor. Comparisons between studying philosophy and certain forms of psychotherapy (especially cognitive behavioral therapy) are growing more common. The goal of this project is to determine whether these comparisons are appropriate. This will involve looking into topics such as: the nature of philosophical reasoning, the role of emotions in philosophy, the value of studying philosophy, and the connection between philosophical beliefs and psychological well-being. This project relates primarily to the philosophy of mind, meta-philosophy, and the philosophy of psychology.