College of Human Sciences and Education Undergraduate Distinguished Scholars Program

College of Human Sciences and Education Undergraduate Distinguished Scholars Program

Student Application

The College of Human Sciences and Education Undergraduate Distinguished Scholars Program provides opportunities for undergraduate students to develop research competencies and conduct research studies with ongoing support from CHSE faculty volunteers and graduate student mentors. Undergraduates participating in the Distinguished Scholars Program will receive funding support to present research posters for an undergraduate research fair. Program completers will be acknowledged during the College’s commencement ceremonies in May and December. The project is open to any student enrolled in a CHSE undergraduate degree program.


Project Objectives: To prepare undergraduate students to engage in the research process through coordinated efforts to provide relevant training on research competencies, mentored action projects to promote research skills, and networking with both faculty and graduate students.

Student Learning Outcomes: Students completing the CHSE Undergraduate Distinguished Scholars Program will be able to:

1. Identify specific questions for investigation based on research in their field
2. Design an investigation using appropriate methods
3. Understand the importance of control groups and/or triangulation of data
4. Collect data using methods appropriate to the research focus
5. Analyze data using relevant quantitative or qualitative analytical procedures
6. Interpret data by relating results or findings to the original hypotheses or questions
7. Relate findings to the “bigger picture” in their field of study
8. Orally communicate the results of research projects
9. Visually present studies through research posters or Powerpoint presentations
10. Write publication quality research papers

Final Projects/Deliverables: Students will receive a certificate of completion for attending all training sessions and completing related assignments. Seniors will conduct action research projects and present their work in a CHSE Undergraduate Research Fair. Distinguished Undergraduate Research award winners will have the opportunity to submit their studies for possible publication in an annual online LSU College of Human Sciences and Education Undergraduate Distinguished Researchers Monograph to be peer reviewed and indexed in ERIC or EBSCO. A webpage will be created for the College to highlight undergraduate research projects.