I am pleased
to announce that La Salle will once again be providing opportunities for
undergraduate student research in all fields. If you are looking for an
experience that will provide something distinctive in your undergraduate
program, something for your resume that will set you apart in applications
for employment or further study, I urge you to consider "Independent
Research" under the direction of a faculty mentor of your choosing.
(Ordinarily, junior or senior status at the time of the project, and a
GPA of 3.00 is required; a 3.4 GPA is preferred.) More information, an
application form, and sample projects appear on this website:
Also on the website is a listing of faculty research interests and suggestions
for projects; I can E-Mail that material to you, if you wish. I want to
explain how you can take advantage of "Independent Research"
1. The program is for independent student research as a separate (usually--but
not always--one-person) three-credit course, and it is thus not part of
research projects within the regular class context. For some projects,
it might be appropriate for two or more students to suggest collaborative
research. Similar in administrative procedures to "independent study
courses," the program emphasizes "research" more than "study."
The various disciplines, of course, define "research" in very
different ways. Nevertheless, the "Independent Research" course
should aim at producing a research project worthy of the discipline and
of dissemination to a wider group of La Salle faculty and students or
to the community at large. A student satisfactorily completing the "Independent
Research" course will receive three credits.
2. This new
program supplements (and does not replace) the various research courses
within disciplines and the Honors 499 research course. Ideally, La Salle
wants to make the opportunity for "Independent Research" available
to new people, but students who have completed those other research experiences
are also eligible. La Salle's "Institutional Review Board" must
approve any project involving human subject research; please contact me
for further information.
3. You should
apply on an "Independent Undergraduate Research Form" available
on the Undergraduate Student Research web page or from the English Office--Olney
141). A prospectus of your research is required. Course projects must
be approved and the sheet signed by the faculty mentor, by the chair,
and then by me; I will forward your application to the appropriate dean.
Applications should reach me as soon as possible but no later than November
15 for Spring projects and April 15 for Summer or Fall possibilities;
order of application will be considered if there are too many worthy projects
for us to pay faculty members to supervise them all. At this time, we
do not have funds to pay students for research. If you will have unusual
expenses, check with me.
you submit the form to me, wait for my approval to register under the
discipline name and the number "444." Have a back-up course
in case your project is not approved--most are approved.
I would be
happy to talk to you about these opportunities. Call me at my La Salle
voice mail (215-951-5003). My E-Mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Judith Musser, Ph.D.
Director, Undergraduate Research Program
Professor, Department of English