Students in the LAHS Discipline at Morris have ample opportunity to participate in hands-on, real world research and work that links classroom and career. Through service learning, internships, work in the field, and other opportunities, students get crucial practical experience that prepares them for professional life.
Depending on each individual students interest, a wide array of possibilities for field experiences are available. To ensure projects fit with a student's course of study, they are arranged in conjunction with a faculty advisor. Morris LAHS students have worked in many venues:
- state and community hospitals
- residential treatment centers for disturbed adolescents
- community mental health centers
- school and college counseling services
- business and government personnel offices
- programs for the disabled and aged
- nursing homes
- educational and therapeutic camps
- chemical dependency treatment centers
- rape and abuse crisis centers
- other human services programs
Financial support for student research is available through many venues. University funding opportunities are consolidated by the Academic Center for Enrichment (ACE). One example is the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP), a University-wide program which provides academically talented students the opportunity to earn up to $1,400 assisting faculty with scholarly and creative projects.
Another, the Morris Academic Partners program (MAP), is unique to the Morris campus and provides paid research partnerships to academically talented, qualified third-year students. The standard stipend is $2,000. The Multi-Ethnic Mentorship Program (MMP) affords students of color the opportunity to receive a $2,000 stipend for working with faculty or staff on year-long projects.
Student work at Morris has also been funded by the University of Minnesota’s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) and the Community Assistance Program (CAP). Faculty research funding obtained independently via grants or from other awards may also create paid positions for students to assist in research projects.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) funding interface provides a wealth of grant possibilities to help undergraduate students pursue independent research, or to assist with ongoing research projects as an intern or paid assistant.