Global Health/Applied Math for Life & Social Sciences

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The College
Academic Unit: 
School of Human Evolution and Social Change

In SHESC, we offer an array of degrees, but all of them share a belief in three basic principles that build great careers:
First, we believe skills are crucial. Our graduates know how to do things, and have the resumes to prove it. We take our students into the field with us, we teach lots of methods, we run a wildly successful research apprenticeship program across our 40 labs, we publish with our students and we model collaboration and mentorship in everything we do. Grad students get the chance to learn to teach in multiple modalities, and undergrads can work with our graduate students and faculty as assistants on their projects and in their classes. Second, the scale is a major asset. Being big isn’t a bad thing. By being large and in the largest research university, a vast array of classroom and experiential options are available to everyone when they need them. Scale helps students find a wide array of collaborators, training and experiences that enrich their resumes. Third, we collaborate with each other as part of our basic DNA. This extends to faculty working with grad and undergrad students in all aspects of our scholarship, and everyone working across disciplines to get at the most interesting questions. You can read more about some of our major collaborative projects that link faculty, graduate students and undergrads online.

Any Barrett student who is considering majoring or minoring in Global Health or Applied Math should contact the lead FHA.

Faculty Honors Advisors

Megan Jehn

Thesis/Creative Projects: 

The Honors thesis is an excellent opportunity to gain experience conducting original research with the help and mentorship of an ASU faculty member. The thesis provides individualized training in the research process, and allows you to explore a research question of your own choosing in great depth. It also ideally gives you mastery of the theories and methods in a research field and the ability to talk about this knowledgeably when interviewing for graduate school or future jobs.

The thesis also requires commitment and planning (see Recommended Timeline below). To take full advantage of this opportunity, we strongly encourage honors students to begin planning their project by the Fall of their junior year. This would ideally involve meeting with the Faculty Honors Advisor to discuss your topical interests, identifying an appropriate thesis advisor and committee, and formulating a brief project proposal and plan in collaboration with your advisor. Starting early is especially important for students who would like to conduct research during the summer before their senior year.

Academic Preparation: 

Before embarking on the thesis, we strongly recommend gaining a foundation in relevant research methods and theories from a relevant research course (e.g., ASB 452, practicum-based topics in ASB 494, ASM 414) as well as research apprenticeships with SHESC faculty.

Other Honors Opportunities: 

Honors Sections and Enrichment Contracts
For undergraduate courses in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change, the course instructor may choose to set up a formal honors section or work with students on enrichment contracts. Courses which have recently provided formal honors sections include, ASB 100, ASB 102 and ASB 222. Enrichment contracts are created on a case-by-case basis. Some courses, such as ASB 462 and ASB 494, frequently offer enrichment contract opportunities where a group of students work on a common project designed by the students and the professor. View more information about honors enrichment contracts online. Instructors of graduate courses at the School of Human Evolution and Social Change may permit a small number of honors students to enroll in their course. If there is a graduate course which you feel would be important for your educational trajectory, please contact the instructor of the course about the possibility of enrolling.

Research Opportunities:
The School of Human Evolution and Social Change offers a number of opportunities for undergraduates to get involved with faculty research, including Undergraduate Research Apprenticeships as well as Research Assistantship Awards. 

Undergraduate + Master's Research Symposium:
Each year, the School of Human Evolution and Change holds a symposium to showcase undergraduate research. Students are free to present on original research, research that is being conducted with a faculty member or on any topic related to anthropology, global health or applied math. For example, students can present on a term paper written for a class. Or students can take an experience from a study abroad program and present their interpretations or findings on the program.

Research Apprenticeship Program:
Most of the world-class faculty in our school started their careers as undergraduate researchers. For many, the experience of working closely with outstanding scientists on their research projects helped them decide on their career paths, gave them mentoring, built their resumes and helped them develop skills far beyond what is possible through regular classroom instruction. Participating as a collaborator in research can significantly help students shape and reach their intellectual and career goals, as well as enrich the learning experience. It also helps students connect with a community of student peers and mentors (such as graduate students) who share their interests and passions, and to gain confidence and skills. Many Barrett students develop their honors thesis project idea from their work as a research apprentice.

Undergraduate Research Award:
Every semester, the School of Human Evolution and Social Change bestows research awards in the amount of $1,000 to select undergraduate students in its majors. The awards allow students to explore a topic close to their interests, giving them unique experience for graduate school in any field, in addition to building and strengthening their resumes. Students are awarded a stipend for 9 hours of supervised study each week (of the semester that they have been awarded) to carry out their own research