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What is Undergraduate Research?

An inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original, intellectual, or creative contribution to the discipline...(www.cur.org)

Faculty and students in our program pursue research on environmental problems to to expand our knowledge base through experimentation or exploration focused on the discovery of new observations or facets of fundamental environmentally related theories.

These research experiences can be highly varied and may be initiated by students who seek out an experience related to their chosen Learning Pathway or through faculty solicitation for help with a specific research project.  Most research in our program is presented to your peers and Environmental Studies faculty during our spring colloquium but research could also result in publication or presentation at a conference.

Why should I get involved in research?

There are many reasons why undergraduate students get involved in research and they range from educational to personal to professional.  From an educational viewpoint this is your opportunity to work closely with a faculty member, learn about how research is conducted in your pathway of study,  and to develop the ability to critically think in the situations you will be faced with in your profession. By participating in research, you will prepare for your future career through on the job skills development, learning how to work in a team, growing your experience in professional communication and finally learning how to take on a project from start to finish.

How do I get started?

The first place to start is to ask yourself a question.  What environmental issues or problems are you interested in?  Was a there an Environmental Studies class that really fascinated you? A professor whose research spoke to you? 

After you have thought about these questions do some reading in the area of research, online, through the library etc., then reach out to pathway coordinators or another faculty member and have a conversation with them about your research ideas.

Environmental Studies offers two courses specifically designed with undergraduate research in mind, EVRN 624 and EVRN 625:

EVRN 624 Independent Study
A research course, in any of the fields of environmental studies, consisting of either experimental research, original policy analysis, or the preparation of an extensive paper based on library investigation. Project topic to be agreed upon in advance with supervising faculty member. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. IND.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Brown,John Christopher
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-9 12123
IND Caminero-Santangelo,Byron James
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-9 25704
IND Daley,Dorothy Marie
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-9 19818
IND Earnhart,Dietrich Harlan
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-9 25433
IND Feddema,Johannes J
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-9 20962
IND Hagen,Robert H.
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-9 23291
IND Jakubauskas,Mark Edward
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-9 19223
IND Kindscher,Kelly
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-9 23380
IND Lamsam,Teresa Trumbly
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-9 22070
IND Obadare,Ebenezer
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-9 22819
IND O'Lear,Shannon
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-9 16296
IND Smith,Val H.
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-9 25705
IND Stock,Paul V
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
3 30117
EVRN 625 Honors Research in Environmental Studies
A course giving eligible majors the opportunity to earn Departmental Honors by engaging in an intensive program of study leading to an original piece of research. Prerequisite: Senior standing, approval of the Environmental Studies Program, the Honors Project Director, and an overall 3.25 cumulative grade point average during the semester of enrollment. Restricted to declared Environmental Studies majors. IND.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Brown,John Christopher
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
3 12124
IND Caminero-Santangelo,Byron James
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
3 24722
IND Hagen,Robert H.
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
3 23292
IND Jakubauskas,Mark Edward
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
3 19493
IND Kindscher,Kelly
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
3 23381
IND O'Lear,Shannon
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
3 16297
IND Smith,Val H.
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
3 16643

Departmental Honors

Getting started on an research project? You are on your way to qualifying for honors! Learn more about Environmental Studies Departmental Honors


Resources

Center for Undergraduate Research - The Center for Undergraduate Research seeks to transform undergraduate education through research. We do this by working with instructors and mentors to develop and promote curricula and models for mentoring; engaging and advising students in their development as researchers; and by providing campus-wide programs that celebrate undergraduate research at KU.

Research Experience Program - KU's Research Experience Program (REP) acknowledges a student's participation in the full undergraduate research process, from that initial interest in subject material gained through coursework to the design and implementation of an independent project to the presentation of a research or creative product to others.


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