Benefits of Undergraduate Research for History Students
Funding and faculty support for you to carry out a project you care about.
- Passionate about a topic that you can't fully explore in class? Curious about the history of a particular part of the world? Wish you could check out the UN archives in New York, or conduct an oral history in Los Angeles? Undergraduate Research is the way to pursue your interest.
- The Undergraduate Research Program allows you to conduct your own archival historical research – in fact, it can fund your travel to visit the archives. It also provides you with the resources and faculty guidance to carry your project through to the end. The university offers a research grant to successful applicants to offset the costs of travel and supplies incurred in the research. Students can also apply for a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship. Information on funding opportunities can be found here.
Improved project design, research, and presentation skills that will serve you well in your courses here at UWW – and beyond.
- History professors notice that students who have participated in Undergraduate Research show advanced proficiency in class – they truly understand the ins and outs of the historical research process, and are more adept at presenting their work orally and in writing.
- Some History students put their Undergraduate Research to use in History 499 Senior Research Seminar, drawing on their findings to write strong senior theses.
- The work you do as an Undergraduate Research grant recipient will serve as excellent preparation for conducting independent research in graduate school. What's more, your experience with Undergraduate Research will make you a more attractive applicant to graduate schools: admissions committees will be impressed that you have already been carrying out independent work.
A close mentoring relationship with a faculty mentor.
- Undergraduate Research presents a great opportunity to work one-on-one with a faculty member in the department, on a topic that you care about. You'll get individualized attention and regular feedback on your work.
- A faculty mentor who really knows you and your intellectual interests can provide valuable advice on graduate school and career options – and is often an ideal person to write a well-informed, strong letter of recommendation for you.
Chances to publish and present your findings.
- Students will present their research every Spring at the Undergraduate Research Day on the UW-Whitewater campus. They may also participate in the statewide Annual UW System Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity, or The National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR).
- In addition, there are many undergraduate journals to which students might consider submitting their work. A list of journals can be found at the Council on Undergraduate Research website.
Public History Major
Class field trip to Milwaukee including visits to the Milwaukee Public Museum, the 3rd and 5th Wards, and the Lakefront Brewery.
What is Public History?
Public History is for students interested in pursuing a career in history beyond teaching. Public Historians work in museums, archives, the fields of historic preservation, film and digital history, historical consulting, oral history, among others.