Participate in undergraduate research
Join a research initiative in your field to enhance your degree
As a research scholar in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University, you’ll have access to an interactive undergraduate research environment where you’ll work alongside distinguished faculty on groundbreaking research and gain a better understanding of the world. You’ll explore your areas of interest, engage in innovative research and contribute to interdisciplinary work in an academic field within the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences.
Participating in undergraduate research is a great way to interact with experts, acquire new knowledge, develop analytical and problem-solving abilities and gain valuable experience for graduate school applications and resumes. When you contribute to research as an undergraduate, you’ll not only develop academic and professional skills, but also help improve the world around you through discovery.
The benefits of undergraduate research
Browse our research opportunities for undergraduates
If you’re interested in pursuing research as an undergraduate, there are countless opportunities available within The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. You can enhance your degree by participating in a research project in your academic unit or take your learning to the next level and join an initiative from one of our interdisciplinary centers and institutes. Our undergraduate research opportunities range from space exploration and canine behavior to human origins and communication studies.
Undergraduate research news
At first, Katherine Sheppard, an undergraduate student in the School of Earth and Space Exploration, had a difficult time narrowing down her career path and field of study. After participating in various research opportunities at ASU, she was able to find her niche in igneous petrology. Currently, she’s studying lava flows from Lassen volcanoes. As a freshman and sophomore, she researched environment geochemistry in the Keck Lab.
Bianca Varda, an undergraduate in Dr. Karen Anderson’s lab, has been working on developing new ways to activate the immune system to fight a specific strain of HPV before it leads to oropharyngeal cancer. She’s looking to activate T cells, a type of white blood cell that assists in an active immune response, to use the immune system to fight off HPV-related cancer, which accounts for nearly five percent of all cancers worldwide.
The recipients of the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict’s prestigious Friends of the Center research scholarships are exploring a wide range of topics this summer in several countries around the world. From domestic violence in Greece and Fiji to the visual culture of yoga in Muslim and Hindu communities, our undergraduate and graduate students will conduct research to investigate the complexities between religion and conflict.
Through the NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Student Instrument Program, a team of undergraduate students at ASU has been awarded a $200,000 grant to conduct hands-on flight research on a project called “Phoenix.” The students will design and build a small satellite that will use thermal infrared imaging to examine how different types of human activity and weather create urban heat islands around Phoenix and several other cities.
Balanding Manneh, an undergraduate in the School of Life Sciences, has been committed to ending hunger around the world. Manneh’s research focuses on eradicating food insecurity in Africa, his native continent. He also started a non-profit organization to help rural communities. In recognition of his impressive accomplishments, Manneh was named as the 2016 President William Jefferson Clinton Global Hunger Leadership Award recipient.
Our college offers an array of scholarships that encourage our undergraduate students to participate in a research project that ignites curiosity and promotes discovery.
Barrett research database
Barrett, the Honors College has a list of current research opportunities for undergraduate students who want to secure a research position in a field of their choice.