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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.
Spring 2020
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Brewer II, Joseph
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-9 49852
IND Brown, John
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-9 45946
IND Burgin, Amy
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-9 56735
IND Cushman, Gregory
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-9 48210
IND Daley, Dorothy
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-9 44382
IND Earnhart, Dietrich
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-9 50944
IND Fowle, David
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-9 50758
IND Gregg, Sara
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-9 48908
IND Hagen, Robert
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-9 49096
IND Jakubauskas, Mark
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-9 49846
IND Kindscher, Kelly
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-9 41358
IND Loecke, Terrance
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-9 56821
IND Nuckolls, Kathleen
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-9 48962
IND O'Lear, Shannon
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-9 44216
IND Santangelo, Byron
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-9 50757
IND Schultz, Peggy
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-9 56933
IND Stock, Paul
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-9 48262
IND Sullivan, Pamela
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-9 50773
IND White, Stacey
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-9 51812
IND Wolfe, Benjamin
APPT- KUEC APPT - EDWARDS
1-9 56827
IND Woodburn, Terri
APPT- KUEC APPT - EDWARDS
1-9 50421
IND Brewer II, Joseph
APPT- KUEC APPT - EDWARDS
1-9 51073
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.
Spring 2020
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Brewer II, Joseph
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
3 49853
IND Brown, John
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
3 46184
IND Cushman, Gregory
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
3 48868
IND Daley, Dorothy
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
3 44609
IND Earnhart, Dietrich
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
3 48934
IND Fowle, David
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
3 50761
IND Gregg, Sara
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
3 48981
IND Hagen, Robert
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
3 49407
IND Jakubauskas, Mark
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
3 49847
IND Kindscher, Kelly
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
3 41359
IND Loecke, Terrance
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
3 56822
IND Nuckolls, Kathleen
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
3 50760
IND O'Lear, Shannon
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
3 44215
IND Santangelo, Byron
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
3 50759
IND Stock, Paul
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
3 49040
IND Sullivan, Pamela
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
3 52229
IND Woodburn, Terri
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
3 52230

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.

Research Experience for Undergraduates - The National Science Foundation provides funding to host institutions each year for research programs. Students development their own project within the parameters of host REUs. Most, if not all, REUs require applicants to be currently enrolled in a college or university during the experience.

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