History as an academic discipline is rooted in researching the past, and the history faculty at Notre Dame strongly encourages our majors to exploit the research opportunities available to undergraduate students. Some of the options include:
- Participation in the History Honors Program, which is built around the research and writing of a year-long senior honors thesis. Majors apply to this program in the fall of their junior year.
- Working one-on-one with a history faculty member on a particular research project, whether as an assistant on the faculty member’s research, or under faculty supervision on one’s own research topic.
In order to facilitate undergraduate research, students are encouraged to apply for funding to allow them to travel to an archive, visit a museum, attend a conference, or purchase texts. The History Department’s McAvoy Fund for Undergraduate Excellence makes awards of up to $1,000 to support major research projects. Majors should also investigate the funding opportunities available via other university programs:
- Arts and Letters Research for Undergraduates
- Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement
- Kellogg Institute for International Studies
- Nanovic Institute for European Studies
- Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program
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The Department of History's McAvoy Fund is dedicated exclusively to research projects undertaken by undergraduate history majors. Students writing senior theses or doing primary research in departmental seminars may be particularly interested in applying, but any major conducting historical research under the supervision of a faculty mentor may apply. Awards of up to $1,000 may be used to cover the cost of photocopying, travel, lodging, purchasing library materials, etc.