Undergraduate research can make up an important part of a liberal education and the Honors program believes in helping cultivate these skills in its students. Writing in the winter 2006 issue of Peer Review, Grinnell College psychology professor David Lopatto notes that undergraduate research activities can have a significant positive effect on students' personal development, "including the growth of self confidence, independence, tolerance for obstacles, interest in the discipline, and a sense of accomplishment."
The Honors Program makes two $3,750 Independent Summer Research Awards annually and typically many other Honors students receive summer funding from the college through their Honors research applications. These awards are designed to support Honors students who are conducting high level research during the summer in lieu of a full-time summer job. These projects should lead to conference papers or publishable work. The application process takes place during the spring of each year and is administered by the Honors Council. Application forms are available in the office of the Honors director.
Pratik Raghu, "Institutionalizing Indigenous Empowerment: A Critical Assessment of the Viability of the Uniterra Model for India's Tribal Peoples"
Nicole Bedera, “'Never Go Out Alone”: Rape Prevention Tips and their Effect on Women’s Lives"
Melanie Long, "Assessing the Influence of Gender on Unemployment: A Panel Data Approach"
Jeff Collins, "Temporal Variation of Total Mercury and Methylmercury Content in Great Salt Lake Water and Brine Flies"
Elizabeth Nelson, "Ovarian Cancer in Utah: Incidence, Mortality, and Risks"
Tess Graham, “Pigou versus Minsky: Reconciling Demand Theories through Historical Analysis”
Allie Roach, “Characterization of a Novel Haloarchaeon Genus: Halophiles as a Source of Bioremediation”
Cooper Henderson, "The Institutional Incentive for Corruption within Utah State Government"
Cassidy Jones, "Art and Activism in Escalante Country: An Environmental Literary History"
Tyler Sutton, "The Ethical Evaluation of New Born Screening as an Opt-out Program"
John Cook, “A Tale of Two Crises: An Analysis of Ben Bernanke’s Great Depression Hypotheses and Applications to the Financial Crisis of 2008-2009”
Sara Rees, “Genotyping of Mutant Mice to Determine Key Pathways Involved in Inner Ear Development”
Meghan Hekker, “Henry becoming Arthur becoming Henry: Correlations between King Henry II of England and Twelfth-Century Arthurian Literature”
Chert Griffith, "Phage/Host Identification in Salt Lake Halophilic Bacteria"
McKay Holland, "Spinoza in America: Explaining the Philosophical Assumptions for Religious Tolerance in the First Amendment"
Lindsey Roper, "The Protective Properties of Selenium in Apoptotic Cell Death: Discerning Underlying Mechanisms and Their Potential for Pharmacological Intervention"
Sharayah Coleman, “Making Knowing Tangible: A Maternal Reexamination of the Interpersonal Claim to Know God”
Lahdan Heidarian, “Laugh Away the Stress: Salivary Cortisol Samples and the Effects of Laughter on a College Population”
Spencer Woolley, “Molon Labe and Allahu Akbar: A Comparison between the Greco-Persian War and the Second Invasion of Iraq”
Breanne Eddington, "Life in a Salt Crystal: Reviving Desiccated Microorganisms from the North Arm of Great Salt Lake"
Amberlyn Peterson, "Free Energy Analysis of PNA•DNA Nucleotide Mismatches"
Marie Robinson, "Mind Her or Mine Her? The Implications of Feminizing Nature”
Heather Brown, "Their Bodies, Their Selves: Sexuality, Marriage, and Maternity in 20th Century Italian Women's Literature"
Tristan Glenn, "Individualism, Liberalism, and the New Face of American Zen"
Meghan Hamilton, "Meditation and the Posner Paradigm: Influence of Mental Training on Response Time and Accuracy of Attention Tasks"
Mike Accord, "Microbial Biodiversiy of North Arm Great Salt Lake"
Shauna Walker, "Contemporary Applications of Myth and the Rainbow Family"