Undergraduate research is vital and transformative experience. Research takes you off the graded grid, puts you under the mentorship of professional and accomplished faculty, allows you to apply what you've learned in the classroom and offers the additional critical skill of learning how to present your research findings in conference. You might even get your research published.

Individual pathways to full research projects can vary. Some students jump right in, while others take their time and practice the elements of research in their coursework. By their junior year, many Honors students feel ready to engage in projects independent of the classroom.

As a member of the Honors College, you can work in world-class labs and hospitals, with nonprofits in education, in public health, in the arts and on business innovation at TechTown. Your projects could take you from studying urban farming initiatives in local Detroit neighborhoods to sailing the Arctic Sea aboard a United States Coast Guard research vessel to collect water samples. There are endless possibilities to make a local and global impact.

Research@Honors provides resources for successful undergraduate research projects. Through workshops, lectures and special seminars students learn how to:

  • Explore potential research topics
  • Define research problems
  • Develop strong source work
  • Explore research methods

You'll also see examples of great student and professional research projects from across the disciplines.

Work with Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) to:

  • Apply for research project funding
  • Present at the WSU Undergraduate Research Conference
  • Apply for funding to present at state, regional and national conferences
  • Present your project at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research

"Research is something that can really help people explore their passions. And especially as Honors students, I think that, regardless of what you are interested in, there is some sort of research available for you that you can really explore." - Mujtaba Hameed '20 Public Health