Research is critical to advancing the state of the science in all of the disciplines within SHRS. As undergraduate students at a top tier research university, you have the opportunity to engage in a variety of research experiences across departments and programs. Participation in a research project will help to complement your classroom learning and allow you to develop mentoring relationships with faculty, gain critical skills, clarify life goals and strengthen career aspirations.
Please take some time to consider the different options available to you and contact an SHRS department representative who can assist you in making the right choice and direct you to the best possible faculty researcher in order to match your interests.
Option 1: Volunteer in a professor’s lab for no payment or academic credit.
This option is merely for the experience. You are not required to register for credit in order to volunteer in a lab.
Option 2: Volunteer in a professor’s lab for academic credit.
If the professor agrees, determine which of the following will apply:
Independent Study - You and supervising faculty member discuss the topic/objectives, type and scope of work to be completed in the lab. Tasks may include literature searches, writing papers, producing annotated bibliographies, creating a poster or PowerPoint presentation, among other possible activities. The professor will give guidance to get started, but the main bulk of the work will be completed by you independently. You can register for 1-3 credits, with each credit equating to 3 - 4 hours per week commitment in the lab. Criteria for evaluation will be determined by the professor based on the nature of your activities in the lab. Some form of written product must be submitted to receive credit.
Directed Study while working in a lab - You would be working more closely with the professor with more regular interaction and guidance. Your professor will determine the nature of this contact and guidance. As identified above, you will work out the topic/objectives, type and scope of the work to be completed, number of credits and methods of evaluation.
Independent or Directed Study without any lab involvement - This may be an option if you want to do some further study on a topic of interest and in which one of our faculty is an expert (academic, research or clinical). You can find a wide vareity of research topics in the SHRS listing below.
Option 3: Funded Internship
Option 4: Bachelor of Philosophy (BPhil) Degree
The Bachelor of Philosophy (BPhil) degree is the highest level of scholarship available to undergraduate students. This degree is jointly awarded by the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and the University Honors College. It symbolizes the completion of a rigorous course of study combined with the design and execution of an independent research project, culminating in the writing and public defense of a thesis paper. For more information, visit the BPhil page on the University Honors College website.
Interested in any of these options? Please contact the representative below from the department you are interested in doing research with. The process for applying for one of these opportunities will then be explained to you.
- Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling - Dr. Kelly Beck
- Communication Sciences and Disorders - Dr. Katie Belardi
- Emergency Medicine - Dr. Tom Platt
- Health Information Management - Patricia Anania Firouzan
- Occupational Therapy - Laura Waterstram
- Physical Therapy - Dr. Sara Piva
- Rehabilitation Science and Technology/Prosthetics and Orthotics - Dan Fisher
- Sports Medicine and Nutrition - Dr. Kevin Conley
- Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL) - Randy Williams
Procedures for initiating a research experience in SHRS:
1) Meet with department representative and review potential faculty matches.
2) Complete the online application form.
Areas of Research
SHRS faculty are award-winning experts in their respective fields, training the next generation of clinicians and conducting research of impact. This listing provides areas of research in SHRS where undergraduate students can learn more about the research process and study with a faculty mentor.