Undergraduate Research in Honors

About Undergraduate Research in Honors

Undergraduate research can be a transformative experience, valuable not only for graduate and professional school but for any career requiring initiative, independent thinking, and problem-solving skills.  Research fosters close working relationships between faculty and students and among research teams, and it offers students a window onto some of the most pressing challenges facing society today. 

The University Honors Program strongly encourages and supports research for Honors students.  We work with departments and colleges to offer Disciplinary Honors programs in a variety of fields, including Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry, Exercise Physiology, Humanities, Physics, Psychology, and Nursing. 

Every summer we offer competitive Undergraduate Research Fellowships for research performed under the guidance of faculty mentors.  Proposal deadlines are in March; both Core and Disciplinary Honors students are eligible. View the most recent call for proposals. We partner with the McNair Program and the College of Arts and Sciences to showcase Honors and other student research at the Honors Undergraduate Research Symposium in November. 

UHP also works with the College of Arts and Sciences to sponsor the MU4Gold Research Scholars Program. The competitive MU4Gold Scholars Program offers intellectually curious, highly motivated students the chance to engage in the process of research and discovery with Marquette faculty as soon as they arrive on campus

Current Application Cycle: Summer 2022
Applications Due: March 21, 2022 | 5:00 PM

MU Honors will award 20 undergraduate summer fellowships to Honors students, in the amount of $3500 each, on a competitive basis for research or creative projects to be carried out June-August 2022. For detailed application instructions, view the call for proposals.

Honors will hold two information sessions about the research awards. You’re welcome to bring any kind of question, from general to very detailed. Please sign up to attend an information session.

  •  Virtual info session: Thursday, February 24, 2022 at 7:00pm on Teams 
  •  In-person session: Friday, February 25 at 4:00pm in the honors suite (Sensenbrenner 002)

Past fellowship winners and projects:

2021               2019               2017

2020               2018 


Some samples of Honors research projects in summer 2018:

  • Voodoo and African-American Female Practitioners in New Orleans, Corrine Conway, Anthropology
  • Using Brain Stimulation to Prevent Opioid Relapse, Megan Matre, Biomedical Sciences
  • The Role of lin-15B on the Expression of Germline Gene LIN-35 in C. elegans, Carlos Gonzalez, Biomedical Engineering
  • A Microhistory of County Laois, 1916-1923, Andrew Himmelberg, History
  • Wisconsin Statewide Assessment of Staphylococcus aureus Antibiotic Resistance Patterns, Rebecca Schulte, Clinical Laboratory Sciences
  • Historical Fiction in the Twenty-First Century: Ethics, Origins, and Responsibilities, Katherine Stein, English

Andi Sirokman and Emma Baumgardt discuss their summer research project on gender and undergraduate residence life.

Jack Hodes explains his research on stress, suffering, and the resilience of undocumented immigrants.