Human Services Research Opportunities & Collaborations
Students in the Human Services Discipline at Morris have ample opportunity to participate in hands-on, real-world research and work that links classroom and career. Through service-learning, internships, work in the field, and other opportunities, students get crucial practical experience that prepares them for professional life.
Depending on each individual student's interest, a wide array of possibilities for field experiences are available. To ensure projects fit with a student's course of study, they are arranged in conjunction with a faculty advisor. Morris Human Services students have worked in many venues:
- State and community hospitals
- Residential treatment centers for disturbed adolescents
- Community mental health centers
- School and college counseling services
- Business and government personnel offices
- Programs for the disabled and aged
- Nursing homes
- Educational and therapeutic camps
- Chemical dependency treatment centers
- Rape and abuse crisis centers
- Other human services programs
Financial support for student research is available through many venues. University funding opportunities are consolidated by the Academic Center for Enrichment (ACE).
- The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) is a University-wide program that provides academically talented students the opportunity to earn up to $1,400 assisting faculty with scholarly and creative projects.
- The Morris Academic Partners program (MAP) is unique to the Morris campus and provides paid research partnerships to academically talented, qualified third-year students. The standard stipend is $2,000.
- Student work at Morris has also been funded by the University of Minnesota’s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) and the Community Assistance Program (CAP).
- Faculty research funding obtained independently via grants or from other awards may also create paid positions for students to assist in research projects.
- The National Science Foundation (NSF) funding interface provides a wealth of grant possibilities to help undergraduate students pursue independent research, or to assist with ongoing research projects as an intern or paid assistant.