Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research Experience

The Department of History is committed to providing undergraduate students with the opportunity to engage in the process of historical discovery and analysis through meaningful original research. Many of our faculty regularly participate in the Support for Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF) program, which offers awards to provide an hourly wage for undergraduate students working as research assistants. This program is designed to foster faculty-student research collaborations in which students have the opportunity to engage in thoughtful and progressively sophisticated work central to the overall research program of the principal investigator.

Students with particular in-depth research interests may elect to take a two-semester senior thesis sequence, History 681-682, in which they write a substantial research paper on a topic of their choice in consultation with a faculty thesis advisor. Our students also have opportunities to present their research at campus and statewide conferences highlighting undergraduate research, and at regional conferences of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honorary society.

For more on undergraduate research at UWM, see: