At the University of Michigan-Flint, we foster educational excellence through undergraduate research. This unique experience has been a key factor in broadening the horizons, and enriching the lives of over 300 students in the history of the UM-Flint honors program.
What is undergraduate research? It involves students working one-on-one with specialists in the field, both at UM-Flint, and at campuses throughout the United States and abroad. The off-campus study semester is funded by a scholarship of up to $3000 and usually taken the summer of the junior or senior year.
Where do students go for off-campus study?
- Students have traveled all over the world. They have studied, and done research in more than 15 different countries of Europe, South America, and Africa. Their projects have taken them throughout the United States and Canada. They have been as close as Ann Arbor, Michigan, and as far away as India and Japan.
- They have gone to university campuses in the United States and abroad to private and government laboratories, industry, clinics or hospitals, social agencies, local, state or national administrative units, law offices, and into the field for on-site research.
A Representative Sampling of Projects:
The following are representative for the many unique and exciting projects undertaken by past honors students:
- Chemical Ecology: A New Discovery about Sea Spiders in Tasmania
- Native American Customs and Literature, New Mexico (English and American Studies)
- Sixteenth Century French Fairy Tales, France (French Studies)
- Cancer Research in England
- Nitrogen and Mineral Assimilation Study of Reindeer in Iceland (Biology)
- History studies in New Zealand
- Cancer Research, University of London Medical Laboratories, England (Biology)
- Nuclear Research Lab, Oakridge, Tennessee (Physics)
- Development of Programmed Artificial Intelligence for a Robot at Carnegie Mellon University
- Shakespeare Research at Oxford, England (British Literature)
- Biochemistry at Brown University
- Studies in Romanticism at Duke University
In the process many students have made significant contributions to knowledge in their fields and have used this project as a basis for post-graduate work at the M.A. or Ph.D. level. One student, for instance, discovered a previously unknown bat habitat in Puerto Rico, another contributed to the creation of replacement bone structures or prostheses for the human jawbone. Students have made a significant contributions toward our understanding of hypertension, diabetes, cancer, insulin resistance, and antibiotic resistance.
As with any adventure, the Honors Program will enhance your life personally and professionally. And you have the chance to develop relationships with people you meet during your study and experience life in another culture.