Creative and career-enhancing research opportunities are available throughout the college, in almost every undergraduate program. These unique experiences offer the chance to not only work side by side with internationally renowned professors and other students, but in most cases, to gain credit as a capstone course. Explore your options in a science-related field, such as chemistry or physics; a social science, such as geography or political science; or in the humanities - for example, English, philosophy or history. Check with your program's undergraduate director to learn more about recent and ongoing research endeavors in specific fields of interest.
Anthropology: This past year, undergrads participated in the filming of two documentaries at Sheriden Cave in Wyandot County. The films aired on the History and Discovery Channels. Students can also enroll in a summer field school where they earn credit for leaning archaeological field methods in Shawnee Lookout Park and at the Cincinnati Center for Field Studies.
Chemistry: Undergraduate researchers in chemistry have the opportunity to present their research at regional scientific meetings dedicated to undergraduate research and fulfill their capstone requirement in doing so. Several have won prizes for their research and presentation. Recent examples include students from Dr. Suri Iyer's group, who presented award-winning posters at the Kentuckiana Undergraduate Research Symposium in Louisville, Ky. Also, in May 2007, undergraduate researchers in chemistry had a unique opportunity to present their work to nearly 1,000 people in attendance at the Central Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society in the Cincinnati area. Eleven chemistry seniors presented their research at the meeting, which focused on all professionals in the field of chemistry.
Classics: Undergraduate students of classics worked as part of a collaboration between UC Classics and Albanian archaeologists at the site of Bonjaket, near the ancient town of Apollonia. The UC team unearthed thousands of artifacts and the foundation of a temple from the archaic period (late sixth-early fifth-century BC), apparently a sanctuary to the Greek goddess Artemis, and one of the earliest monumental Greek temples on the shores of the eastern Adriatic.
Communication: Capstone students in communication documented the oral histories of Holocaust survivors for the "Mapping Our Tears" exhibit at the Center for Holocaust and Community Education.
Geography: A number of A&S students have used their research experiences to launch their careers and graduate education. In geography, many students have extended their research into successful MA and PhD theses.
Geology: Students in geology can spend six weeks mapping and studying, typically in the Rocky Mountains, at summer field camps. Other geology students have chosen exciting independent projects. Recent projects include research on the exposure ages of rocks in the Himalaya; studies of black shales collected from Kentucky; study of ground water contamination in wells in the Cincinnati area; and studies of fossil assemblages in Utah, Kentucky, Ohio and elsewhere. Each study involves quite a bit of field study as well as lab analyses of samples brought back from the field. A research report is written at the end of the project and, in some cases, students present their results at regional or national meetings.
Journalism: Journalism students worked with local agencies as part of an interdisciplinary team to tell the stories of children seeking adoptive families. The children's stories will become part of an online "heart gallery," a Web resource for potential adoptive parents.
Physics: Students often work in industrial, medical or university laboratories (sometimes in paid internships or co-op placements) locally and abroad. Last year, a UC physics student won the prestigious Katherine E. Pope Summer Fellowship for work related to a capstone project. The fellowship is awarded to only one student from across the country each year and allows an undergraduate to pursue research at the Stanford Linear Accelerator (SLAC).
Psychology: Students in psychology annually partner with lower division students in an Introduction to Psychology course, as part of a research effort at Cincinnati's Findlay Market. Results appear in papers detailing shoppers and shopping trends at the state's oldest municipal market.