Undergraduate Research Program

Exciting Research, Amazing Opportunity

Research Project Poster

An example of a student poster based on the research they did through the Watts College Undergraduate Research Program.

Watts College Undergraduate Research Program

 

Are you interested in determining and developing specific interests within your chosen field of study? Would you like to build skills and abilities while participating in hands-on projects with college faculty? Are you ready to gain knowledge outside the classroom that will help inside the classroom? Do you want to build your resume for an even stronger showing on graduate school applications or with future employers? Would you benefit from access to exclusive interesting and useful presentations, trainings, guest speakers, and social events? Does being part of a fun, supportive, community intrigue you? 

Then the Watts College Undergraduate Research Program is for YOU!

Quick facts:

  • Watts College students are highly encouraged to participate in research projects while in school. 
  • Provides opportunities for undergraduate students to work with faculty, graduate students, and other undergraduates to participate in exciting and meaningful research projects.
  • Students will learn through direct experience and play an important role in current faculty research.
  • Students work 8-10 hours per week on research with faculty.
  • Students receive $500 for first semester, $750 for second semester and $1000 every subsequent semester of participation in the program (students may elect to receive academic credit for the research instead of scholarship monies; additional steps required).
  • Spring, summer, and fall semesters all count as semesters for the program.
  • Any student in good academic standing can participate in the program. 
  • Peer groups for support and collaboration.
  • The Watts Undergraduate Research Fellowship is funded through the Dean’s Office.

 

    Past Project Examples

 

2021 Cohort Symposium Presentations

 

Interested in getting involved?

Students

Get Connected to a Current Project

OR

Complete the General Interest Form

 

Faculty

Faculty Information

 

Overview

The Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions began its Undergraduate Research Program in fall 2006.  The program is designed to provide undergraduate students with research, presentation and publication experience.  Faculty members within the Watts College of Public Service play a crucial role in helping undergraduate students engage in research.  Any faculty member that wants or needs assistance with research is encouraged to work directly with an undergraduate student of their choosing.

The student receives a scholarship allocated at the beginning of each semester.  For the first semester, a student receives a $250 scholarship.  For the second semester, the amount is increased to $500 and for the third semester, and every semester thereafter, the student receives $1000.  Students are asked to work on research for 8-10 hours per week. The faculty member and student work together to determine location, hours and documentation of task completion.  Students can participate in research until they graduate.

Students are required to attend a kickoff meeting/information session to get necessary information and connect with the other participants. Students are also required to present their research each year at the Undergraduate Research Symposium typically held at the end of April. Each year, students are asked to prepare a research poster capturing their research experience. They then present their findings to faculty and peers. **Due to COVID these presentations will most likely be virtual. Full details will be sent when they are available.** 

An RSVP link for the next Undergraduate Research Symposium will be sent to all faculty and qualifying students in the last week of March. Poster preparation sessions will be held during the Fall and Spring semesters. 

 

Upcoming Events

*Register at the links below! Earn a prize drawing entry for each event you attend!

(Due to COVID restrictions, many events will be virtual until further notice) 

Sign up for your peer group here- https://forms.gle/vYpWFeAJQaKp7gBq7 

 

 FALL 2021

**Tues 9/21, 3:30 p.m., Kickoff Session (MANDATORY)(VIRTUAL)

https://asu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAvdeqrqzwuG9EvYZSC_A0s0Qyo-Plp2uq2

Receive important information and updates about the program, get any questions answered, connect with peers, faculty, and staff and win swag!

 

Wed 11/10, 4 p.m., Research Poster Training (VIRTUAL)

https://asu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0of-2vrjojH90jTCg8A5CY4iXAFEsJDzXv

Join poster prep pro (and assistant director of student services) Amanda Andrew to learn the all of the important details around research posters and how to make yours stand out. *You will have to make a poster for your project and it will be a million times easier if you attend this training! Trust me, join us!

 

 

Spring 2022 

TBD Poster Prep Session 

Join poster prep pro (and assistant director of student services) Amanda Andrew to learn the all of the important details around research posters and how to make yours stand out. *You will have to make a poster for your project and it will be a million times easier if you attend this training! Trust me, join us!

 

Thus 4/7, 11:59 p.m., Powerpoint/Posters and Recorded Presentations Due!

 

Late April 2022, UGR Symposium (Student Presentations)

LOCATION TBD

 

TBD Faculty Appreciation Dinner/Event

 

**Check back as more trainings, events, and opportunities will be added!

 

 

More Information

 

 


Meet Your Current Student Cohort

 

 Frequently Asked Questions

 

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