Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research
The Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research encourages students to design and carry out research, scholarly, or creative projects in collaboration with faculty mentors. To facilitate this, the Hamel Center offers a variety of competitive research grants and fellowships specifically for undergraduate students. Research may take place during the academic year, January term, or over the summer, with a wide range of programs available to suit each student's particular needs:
- Research Experience and Apprenticeship Program (REAP) grants offer Honors students the opportunity to apprentice with a UNH faculty mentor for ten weeks of full-time research in the summer after their first year.
- Undergraduate Research Awards (URAs) are available each semester (including January Term and summer) for students at all levels: freshman through senior year. The research time commitment is flexible.
- Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURFs) for the U.S. offer support for ten weeks of full-time research in the summer following sophomore or junior year.
- SURF Abroad and the International Research Opportunities Program (IROP) offer support for rising seniors to conduct nine weeks of full-time summer research abroad.
- Also, by registering for INCO 590 Student Research Experience or INCO 790 Advanced Research Experience, students at any level can work directly with faculty members while receiving academic credit and support for research expenses.
Once projects are completed, student researchers may receive further support from a Research Presentation Grant to present their work at a national or international conference. Students may also publish their research findings in UNH's online undergraduate research journal, Inquiry and/or present their research at UNH's Undergraduate Research Conference (URC).
Hamel Center research opportunities are available to students across all disciplines.
By conducting research at the undergraduate level, students gain professional skills, hands-on experience, and the opportunity to present and publish their findings in professional venues. Grants from the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research open doors on real-world disciplinary practice, graduate school, post-baccalaureate fellowships, and professional careers. For information about undergraduate research grants and programs, the Inquiry journal, and the URC, contact the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research at 118 Conant Hall, (603) 862-4323, or visit the website at www.unh.edu/undergrad-research.