The SPHSC Department offers undergraduate majors two types of research experiences:
- SPHSC Honors Program
For this experience, students participate in a year-long faculty supervised research project, which culminates in a written thesis and oral presentation at the SPHSC Honors Colloquium. The honors project is typically carried out during Autumn, Winter and Spring quarters of senior year, and students register for a minimum of 6 credits of SPHSC 498: Undergraduate Honors Research. Interested students must apply to the Honors Program and should closely review the specific policies and procedures associate with this experience.
- Independent Study (IS)
For this opportunity, students work with a faculty mentor for 1-2 quarters completing a small-scale investigation into an agreed upon topic with a specific scholarly output. Students register for SPHSC 499: Undergraduate Research credits during the quarter(s) they participate.
This type of experience is appropriate for students who:
- Cannot commit to the 3 quarter Honors Program process, but are interested in gaining exposure to research
- Want to gain greater depth of knowledge in a particular topic area that cannot be met through regular coursework
IS experiences can take several formats, but typically involve meetings with the faculty member directing the project, a literature review and/or completion of assigned readings, and some type of final product that is evaluated (e.g., paper, report, participation in a faculty publication, presentation at a conference, etc.).
The assignments and outcomes for each IS are closely tied to the expected hours of effort dictated by credits. Every 1 credit of IS is equivalent to 3 hours of work per week. A 2 credit commitment, therefore, would require 20 hours of work per quarter, 3 credits would be 30 hours, etc.