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 2021

Deadline: March 19, 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


Fall 2021 Opportunities 


Informational Design, Infographics and Philosophy
Professor Michelle Saint, Philosophy

For this project, “Informational Design, Infographics and Philosophy” students are offered a rare opportunity to work at the intersection of philosophy, the science of teaching and learning, and the visual arts. The purpose of this experience is to develop visually inviting informational materials about how to read, interpret, and write philosophical arguments. The ultimate goal will be to produce infographics or related materials that highlight different strategies, tips, or techniques for improving one’s philosophical reading, writing, and thinking. The produced materials can be PDFs, webpages, or some other format; I am open to alternatives! This URE will be most beneficial, I believe, to students who: A) intend to go into an education-related field, B) enjoy graphic design and related arts, and/or C) are interested in informational design, or how to visually present information so that it is understandable, digestible, and friendly.


Bioethics from Non-Western, Decolonial, and/or Critical Perspectives
Professor Michelle Saint, Philosophy

For this project, “Bioethics from Non-Western, Decolonial, and/or Critical Perspectives” students develop an annotated bibliography of philosophy articles covering bioethics from non-Western, decolonial, and/or critical perspectives. This covers a lot of different material, and there are a lot of different directions in which the bibliography can be taken. This bibliography will then be used to develop a more diversified reading list covering topics related to bioethics, broadly construed. Students will be expected to engage in independent research to locate relevant materials, create written overviews of these materials, and discuss their findings during Zoom sessions. Ideally, multiple students will participate in this URE at the same time, so that we can form a reading group to share findings. (Students who are interested in non-Western, decolonial, and/or critical perspectives on a philosophical topic other than bioethics are welcome to e-mail the instructor about alternatives.)


Fish and Fishing in Modern British Art and Poetry
Professor Tobias Harper, History

For this project, “Fish and Fishing in Modern British Art and Poetry,” students will investigate images of fish and fishing eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth century British (and Empire/Commonwealth) art and poetry, and create a database of these images.



Re-Membering the Maternal Goddess: Rastafari Woman's Intellectual History & Activism in the Pan-African World
Professor Shamara Alhassan, Religious Studies

For this project, “Re-Membering the Maternal Goddess: Rastafari Woman's Intellectual History and Activism in the Pan-African World” students will assist Dr. Alhassan in collecting data pertaining to Rastafari women's experiences and philosophies in Africa and the African Diaspora for an ethnographic book establishing Rastafari Woman's Studies as critical for thinking about imagining and building new futures.


Applied Ethics Editor
Professor Maura Priest, Philosophy

This project, “Applied Ethics Editor,” provides assistance creating and editing material for ASU's applied ethics webpage. The webpage aims to create philosophically based applied ethics material that is accessible to a general audience but that might also be of interest to scholars. There is a wide variety of ways that students can assist, which is noted in the duty description below.