Morris faculty work closely in collaboration with their students to help them jump start their professional careers. Writing and presentations of papers and findings are an crucial part of the curriculum, and prepare students for experiences in higher academic study and the workplace. Three Morris Sociology students have won prestigious statewide undergraduate research paper competitions. In addition, as an integral part of the program, students:
- attend local and regional conferences;
- collaborate with faculty in publishing papers in professional journals and reviews;
- perform first-hand, independent research and work hands-on in service learning or similar projects.
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.