Undergraduate Student-Faculty Research Collaboration
Undergraduate students in the English Dept. at NDSU have many opportunities to work with faculty on projects within the University and the Fargo/Moorhead Community. These projects give students the opportunity to conduct research directly alongside faculty members. Positive impacts of these projects include increased academic focus, socialization into the field and the social context, access to resources, opportunities to gain new ideas without abandoning one’s background, skills and competencies, promise of graduate education, and broadening of horizons.
Examples of undergraduate research in the humanities at NDSU include:
- Upward Bound
- Governor’s School
- The Senior Capstone Project
- Internships, Mentorships, Research Assistantship, Field Experiences
- Summer Institutes
- Research-focused UG Curriculum and Specially Designed Classrooms
- Classes like Grant Writing, Capstone Experience, Independent Studies
- Specialized degree programs whose focus is faculty-student research, like Public History
- Outreach programs like TAPP, Giving + Learning
- Community-based and Service-learning classes
- The McNair Scholars Program
- Using PocketSights, student produced historically based walking tour of Fargo/Moorhead
- Historical documentaries that are researched and produced by students.
- Local history website where all research has been conducted and written by students
- Internships year round at venues like Bonanzaville, the Fargo Air Museum, the Plains Art Museum, and the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County at the Hjemkomst
- Every other summer, a group of students travel to a small town in the region for two weeks and focus on a small museum as part of a Public History Field School.
- The field school provides hands-on training in curation, preservation, collections management, label writing, and community engagement. It serves the community.
- Undergraduates have contributed significantly to several recent museum exhibits. In 2015, the much-acclaimed American Dreams exhibit debuted.