General Research FAQs





Research: General

See the table below for a side-by-side comparison of these two awards.

 

 

Honors Research Grants

Research Assistant Fellowships

Eligibility

Commonwealth Honors College juniors and seniors.

Commonwealth Honors College sophomores and juniors (first-year students may apply in the spring semester to receive a fellowship in the fall semester of their sophomore year.

Type of research

Independent research project identified by the student under the consultation and advisement of a faculty sponsor

Work on a faculty member's research project or on a student’s project under the close guidance of a faculty member

Basis of award amount

Award amount is based on an itemized budget included as part of the grant application.

Award amount is based the number of hours a student will work in the fellowship.  The rate of pay is set to the Massachusetts minimum wage.

Maximum award amount

$1000

$1000

Additional information

https://www.honors.umass.edu/scholarship/honors-research-grants

https://www.honors.umass.edu/scholarship/research-assistant-fellowships

 

It is a good idea to always be thinking about potential ideas for your own independent research projects.  In addition, keep your eyes and ears open at all times for faculty research projects that you are interested in supporting as a research assistant. 

 

Deadlines vary for the different research opportunities offered by Commonwealth Honors College.  There are two deadlines for grants and fellowships. The deadline for spring semester grants and fellowships is the first Tuesday of the preceding October. The deadline for fall semester grants and fellowships is the third Tuesday of the preceding April. The abstract submission deadline for the Undergraduate Research Conference is typically in mid-February.  Additional information about the application processes and specific deadlines for these opportunities can be found by visiting the related links included elsewhere on this page.

While the process of identifying and approaching potential faculty sponsors will vary for every student, there are a number of important recommendations for all students.  This information can be found at www.honors.umass.edu/research/facultysponsor

For more information on the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), visit https://www.honors.umass.edu/research/responsibleconduct

 

UMass Amherst Research and Engagement also offers additional information and resources regarding the Responsible Conduct of Research for all members of the University community at http://www.umass.edu/research/responsible-conduct-research

Your department’s Honors Program Director or your faculty sponsor may be able to connect you with examples of exemplary undergraduate research projects in your particular field of study. 

 

In addition, hard copies of honors theses and projects from recent CHC alumni are archived and available for you to view at W.E.B. Dubois Library.

 

Another place to find examples of recent research conducted by undergraduate students is in the abstract booklet for the most recent Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference.  This booklet can be viewed or downloaded at https://www.honors.umass.edu/undergraduate-research-conference

Please note that there are hundreds of research projects presented at the Undergraduate Research Conference every year from students across the Commonwealth.  Although all of these research projects have undergone a review process, the quality of the abstracts varies.

Any UMass Amherst undergraduate student at any level (first year through senior year) conducting research in any academic discipline or developing a creative project in the arts may participate in the Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference. As a part of the application process, students submit an abstract for review by their faculty sponsor.  If the abstract is approved (either in its original form or after revisions), the student is invited to present their research at the Conference in either a poster or oral presentation format.  The entire application and abstract review process is conducted online.  The conference is typically held in April and abstracts are typically due in February. For more information and specific deadlines for the next conference, visit https://www.honors.umass.edu/undergraduate-research-conference.

Research: Human Subject Testing

Any UMass Amherst undergraduate student at any level (first year through senior year) conducting research in any academic discipline or developing a creative project in the arts may participate in the Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference. As a part of the application process, students submit an abstract for review by their faculty sponsor.  If the abstract is approved (either in its original form or after revisions), the student is invited to present their research at the Conference in either a poster or oral presentation format.  The entire application and abstract review process is conducted online.  The conference is typically held in April and abstracts are typically due in February. For more information and specific deadlines for the next conference, visit https://www.honors.umass.edu/undergraduate-research-conference.

See the table below for a side-by-side comparison of these two awards.

 

 

Honors Research Grants

Research Assistant Fellowships

Eligibility

Commonwealth Honors College juniors and seniors.

Commonwealth Honors College sophomores and juniors (first-year students may apply in the spring semester to receive a fellowship in the fall semester of their sophomore year.

Type of research

Independent research project identified by the student under the consultation and advisement of a faculty sponsor

Work on a faculty member's research project or on a student’s project under the close guidance of a faculty member

Basis of award amount

Award amount is based on an itemized budget included as part of the grant application.

Award amount is based the number of hours a student will work in the fellowship.  The rate of pay is set to the Massachusetts minimum wage.

Maximum award amount

$1000

$1000

Additional information

https://www.honors.umass.edu/scholarship/honors-research-grants

https://www.honors.umass.edu/scholarship/research-assistant-fellowships

 

It is a good idea to always be thinking about potential ideas for your own independent research projects.  In addition, keep your eyes and ears open at all times for faculty research projects that you are interested in supporting as a research assistant. 

 

Deadlines vary for the different research opportunities offered by Commonwealth Honors College.  There are two deadlines for grants and fellowships. The deadline for spring semester grants and fellowships is the first Tuesday of the preceding October. The deadline for fall semester grants and fellowships is the third Tuesday of the preceding April. The abstract submission deadline for the Undergraduate Research Conference is typically in mid-February.  Additional information about the application processes and specific deadlines for these opportunities can be found by visiting the related links included elsewhere on this page.

While the process of identifying and approaching potential faculty sponsors will vary for every student, there are a number of important recommendations for all students.  This information can be found at www.honors.umass.edu/research/facultysponsor

For more information on the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), visit https://www.honors.umass.edu/research/responsibleconduct

 

UMass Amherst Research and Engagement also offers additional information and resources regarding the Responsible Conduct of Research for all members of the University community at http://www.umass.edu/research/responsible-conduct-research

Your department’s Honors Program Director or your faculty sponsor may be able to connect you with examples of exemplary undergraduate research projects in your particular field of study. 

 

In addition, hard copies of honors theses and projects from recent CHC alumni are archived and available for you to view at W.E.B. Dubois Library.

 

Another place to find examples of recent research conducted by undergraduate students is in the abstract booklet for the most recent Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference.  This booklet can be viewed or downloaded at https://www.honors.umass.edu/undergraduate-research-conference

Please note that there are hundreds of research projects presented at the Undergraduate Research Conference every year from students across the Commonwealth.  Although all of these research projects have undergone a review process, the quality of the abstracts varies.