Allison Scardino Belzer
Coordinator of Undergraduate Research
Assistant Professor of History
College of Liberal Arts
Hawes 105B


Undergraduate Research in the Liberal Arts

What Is UR?
At Armstrong, undergraduates pursue investigation, inquiry, and creative expression in the social sciences, arts, and humanities. In the College of Liberal Arts, undergraduate research takes many forms:

  • archival work
  • observational studies
  • field work
  • data analysis
  • independent studies
  • senior/capstone projects
  • original compositions
  • literary analysis
  • creative projects
  • research papers

 Undergraduate research (UR) broadens the college experience by offering engaged learning opportunities.  UR in the humanities and social sciences  focuses on interpreting a text or a work of art within an historical and cultural context, making connections, exploring meaning, or uncovering contradictions.  Working closely with faculty members, Armstrong undergraduates discover the process of learning as they collaborate on projects.  Doing independent research in the liberal arts allows students to develop their own original ideas and present them to a wider audience; they become producers, not just consumers, of knowledge.