Research Opportunities

Research Opportunities within HDFS

The College of Human Environmental Sciences Program for Undergraduate Research Experiences (PURE) aims to encourage and support undergraduate participation in faculty research projects across the College. PURE provides opportunities for exceptional students to cooperate actively with faculty mentors, learning firsthand about multiple dimensions of research and scholarship processes while earning a $2,000 stipend.

If you think you would be interested in something like this, start by finding more out about what faculty are interested in and what they are working on. The HDFS Faculty web page describes faculty research interests, so that’s a good place to start. Also, make appointments to talk with HDFS faculty members who may have on-going research projects into which you could fit as an assistant to gain research experience.

Learn more about PURE

Dr. Jean Ispa is currently involved in research describing maternal directive behaviors used during play with their toddlers, the emotional tone that accompanies those behaviors, and their implications for children in diverse low-income families. There may be academic-credit opportunities for undergraduate students to participate in the creation of running records and coding of mother-child play.