Opportunities

Here is a list of specific programs and courses, by department, aimed at involving students in research and/or training students in research methods.

 

African American Studies

All AFS major students are required to complete a research project through either one of the following:

  • AFS 5991 – Field Work
  • AFS 6990 – Directed Study

See African American studies faculty research for more information on research interests or to contact a participating faculty member.

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Anthropology

Ongoing department research projects involving undergraduate students:

Grosscup Museum of Anthropology

  • Museum exhibit preparation and curation, cataloging and analysis of ethnographic and archaeological objects from Michigan, North America and around the world

Material Culture Lab

  • Identifying, processing and cataloging ethnographic, art and sacred objects from Africa and the Caribbean

Archaeology Laboratory

  • Research on recently excavated artifacts from Detroit and other Great Lakes/Midwest historical sites

 

Faculty Research

Recent examples include:

Visit anthropology research for more information about opportunities to get involved.

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Biological Sciences

Student project in Yellowstone National Park
Students working on a project in Yellowstone National Park, lead by Prof. Kashian, Biological Sciences

The biological sciences department involves the majority of its students in research, through research courses such as:

  • BIO 3990 – Directed Study
  • BIO 5996 – Senior Research
  • BIO 6990 – Honors Directed Study

Recent research projects include anything from molecular biology to medical applications to ecology.

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 Chemistry

All chemistry majors are required to complete a research project through CHM 5999 – Research in Chemistry or CHM 5998 – Honors These Research in Chemistry.

Students participate in faculty research, ranging over all areas of chemistry (biochemistry, nanotechnology, organic chemistry, physical chemistry etc.).

Visit Chemistry Undergraduate Research for more information on research interests or to contact a participating faculty member.

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Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Research courses

  • CLA 5300 – Methods and Materials in Classical Studies
  • CLA 5990 – Directed Study

 

Faculty research

A recent example includes the public presentation of an undergraduate research project of the myth of Medea in contemporary literature, funded by the Classical Association of the Middle West and South (with Professor Michele Valerie Ronnick).

 

Other opportunities

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Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD)

It is standard for CSD majors to participate in clinical training (audiology, speech therapy).

Students may also participate in independent research with faculty. For more information, visit the CSD research labs.

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Criminal Justice

Research courses

  • CRJ 4970 – Internship in Criminal Justice
  • CRJ 4860 – Research Methods in Criminal Justice
  • CRJ 4998 – Honors Thesis
  • CRJ 4990 – Directed Study

 

Other opportunities

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Economics

Research courses

  • ECO 3990 – Directed Study
  • ECO 4991 – Research in Economics
  • ECO 4997 – Senior Honors Research

 

Other opportunities

The Fed Challenge is a national program funded through the Federal Reserve Bank. Each student team is required to analyze current economic data, develop a monetary policy recommendation and defend that recommendation in front of a panel of judges.

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English

Opportunities

 

Research courses

All students enrolled in English must complete a capstone project.

  • ENG 4990 – Directed Study:  Honors
  • ENG 4991 – Honors Seminar
  • ENG 4992 – Honors Project
  • ENG 5820 – Internship in English
  • ENG 5990 – Directed Study
  • ENG 5992 – Senior Seminar

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Geology and Environmental Science

As part of many Geology and Environmental Science courses, students go on field trips. Recent field trips went to Arizona, Utah, Missouri, Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta etc.

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History

Sterne-Lion Undergraduate Research Award.

Students may apply for up to two grants worth up to $1500 each to support a research project proposed by a History major.

 

Awards

Students may apply for undergraduate research awards related to an area/course of study.

 

Research courses

  • HIS 5996 – Capstone Course
  • HIS 5995 – Honors Seminar

Students may also participate in independent research with faculty. Visit the Department of History faculty publications for past topics of interest.

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Mathematics

Students may participate in independent research with faculty. Visit mathematics faculty research areas for more information.

 

Current projects

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Nutrition and Food Sciences (NFS)

Students may participate in independent research with faculty. Visit NFS faculty research areas for more information or to contact a participating faculty member.

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Philosophy

Students may participate in an independent research opportunity with faculty. Visit the philosophy colloquia and lectures for more information on research interests or to contact a participating faculty member.

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Physics

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in astrophysics, nuclear and particle physics

REU is a National Science Foundation-funded program for ten weeks of summer research at either Wayne State University or Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Batavia, IL) in Astrophysics, Nuclear Physics, or Particle Physics. Visit the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) for more information.

 

Richard J. Barber Summer Research Program

  • Interdisciplinary summer research program in biological and medical applications of physics
  • Collaboration with faculty from physics, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, chemistry, biological sciences and pharmacy
  • Funds seven teams of one undergraduate biomedical physics student and one graduate student each for a summer research project

 

 Research courses

  • PHY 3999 or 5999 – Directed Study
  • Capstone courses in research methods: PHY 6850 – Modern Physics Lab and PHY 6780 – Research Methods in Biomedical Physics

 

Other opportunities

Students may also participate in an independent research opportunity with faculty.

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Political Science

Courses

  • Research-intensive courses: PS 4990 – Directed Study, PS 4995 – Senior Honors Paper
  • PS 5993 – Writing Intensive Course in Political Science

 

Students may participate in an independent research opportunity with faculty. Visit the political science faculty research areas for more information on research interests or to contact a participating faculty member.

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Psychology

Students may participate in an independent research opportunity with faculty. For more information, visit Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities.

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Sociology

Students may participate in one or more Student Research Award initiatives, including the Frank Hartung Award for best research paper.

 

Research courses

  • Required research: SOC 4996 – Sociology Capstone Course

Students may participate in an independent research opportunity with faculty. Visit political science faculty research for more information on research interests or to contact a participating faculty member.

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Urban Studies and Planning

Students may select a research topic of interest for the final capstone project, towards the completion of their degree.

Wayne State Student Urban Planners (WSSUP) is an association of undergraduate and graduate students interested in issues related to urban planning. WSSUP provides a forum for conversation, collaboration and innovation amongst students from multidisciplinary backgrounds, and interests ranging from urban agriculture and design to economic development and housing equality.

Students may also participate in an independent research opportunity directly with faculty. Visit the urban studies and planning faculty publications for more information on research interests or to contact a participating faculty member.

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