Research Opportunities for
Undergraduate History Majors
Prepared by Brooke Robertson, 23 February 2000.
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Do you yearn to bury yourself in books,
read for hours, and write for even longer? Then perhaps you should
consider undertaking history research as an undergraduate!
You donít have to save an independent, in-depth investigation
of the topic you love until graduate school; indeed, itís better if you
begin now. Undergraduate research permits you to test the rigors
of an academic life. And if you discover you adore research, not
only will your decision to pursue a PhD be a well-founded one, but youíll
have something special to note on your graduate school applications. ?
Rice offers three institutionalized programs for undergraduates who
wish to undertake history research:
1. The History Departmentís Honors Program:
Description: This is the most obvious option. Under the mentorship
of a history professor, students enroll in HIST 403 and 404, write a senior
thesis, and (upon the approval of their advisor and another reader) graduate
with departmental honors.
Stipend: The department offers financial assistance to students
who wish to conduct related research in the summer between their junior
and senior years.
Contact: Email your questions to Professor Jack
2. The Mellon Undergraduate Fellows Program (MUFP):
Description: The MUFP aims to increase the number of students from
diverse backgrounds who pursue PhDs in the arts, humanities, and sciences.
Students enter the program at the end of their sophomore year. Fellows
develop a close working relationship with a faculty member in their area
of interest, by assisting their mentor with research and editorial projects,
and by attending professional meetings, seminars, and workshops.
Stipend: The yearly stipend is $1600; a $3000 award for summer-research
is also possible. The Mellon Foundation will repay up to $5000 of
the undergraduate loans incurred by fellows who enroll in a PhD program
in a Mellon-eligible field within three years of graduating. (The
foundation will repay up to $5000 more of the loans of those who complete
3. The Rice University Scholarsí Program (RUSP):
Description: RUSP targets juniors and seniors from all departments
who are considering academic careers. With the help of a faculty
mentor, students write a funding proposal, prepare oral and written progress
reports, do research, and present their results both orally and as a scholarly
manuscript. Also, they learn about academia through presentations
throughout the year.
Stipend: The yearly stipend ranges from $250 to $1700.