Student Research Opportunities
Research with a BCLA Faculty Mentor
Faculty-guided research is a great way to gain valuable skills in quantitative or qualitative research, under the mentorship of experts in their fields. Here are a few ways LMU students can get involved in research:
- If you are awarded a Work Study Grant, you may be able to work with a full-time professor as a teaching or research assistant, gaining valuable experience in an area of disciplinary or career interest. For more information, visit Financial Aid Work Study.
- Arrange to do an Independent Study course under the direction of a full-time professor. This could allow for the continuance or even completion of a research project beyond the scope of a regular course. For more information, speak to your professor and fill out an independent study course form.
- Work as a Rains Research Assistant for a full-time professor during the regular academic year. For program information and deadlines, visit Rains Research.
- Apply to carry out an individualized or collaborative Summer Research Project under the guidance of a faculty mentor through a Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) grant. These grants provide students with a stipend to help cover their housing and food costs. The summer program offers on-going workshops to assist students in accquiring research, presentation, and writing skills. For program information and deadlines, visit academics.lmu.edu/our/surp.
- Carry out fieldwork for a faculty-supervised research project. Apply for support here.
Present Your Research at LMU
- Almost every BCLA major require seniors to do a capstone portfolio presentation, which is often open to the public.
- Many BCLA departments and programs feature annual student presentations, generally during the spring semester.
- Another LMU venue to present undergraduate student research occurs every March: the LMU Undergraduate Research Symposium. For more information, visit LMU Undergraduate Research Symposium.
Present Your Research at External Conferences or Symposia
- Students may do an individual or collaborative poster or oral presentation at a disciplinary conference or symposia.
- Events take place locally, regionally, nationally or internationally. Check with your major advisor, Department Chair or Program Director about appropriate disciplinary conferences designed for your career and professional growth.
- Students may apply funding to help underwrite their participation in conferences and symposia.
- Two important undergraduate research conferences for students in the Humanities and Social Sciences are listed below: