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Student Research an Professional Development Programs

The purpose of the Student Research Associate & Professional Development Program is to provide opportunities for students to participate in off-campus research or fieldwork and to present at appropriate professional meetings/conferences. Applicants must be current BYUH students to apply and to qualify for SRA/SPD funding.

Get Involved

There are three major ways at BYUH for students to be involved in mentored research:

1. Work as project-based RA (research assistant) for faculty members and get paid like regular campus student employment (up to 19 hours/week, and employment ends at the conclusion of project as proposed by faculty).

2. SRA (Student Research Associateship) Program: it functions like an independent study course, where students conduct mentored research and must register under the discipline’s 496R course number. The program also requires students to present the research findings at a professional conference. Potential presentation venues should be included in the application. Acceptance to a conference should follow to finalize the approval for travel. See application and guidelines below.

3. SPD (student professional development) travel support: student will receive travel support to present at a scholarly/professional conference (requires a mentor). This program does not require students to enrolled in an Independent Research (496R) course. Students may use a past or current research project and polish it up to present at a conference. To meet the deadline, application should be submitted when abstract is being submitted to potential conference venues. See application form below.

Key Dates for SRA and SPD Applications

Key Dates Winter Semester Spring Semester Fall Semester
Proposal deadline Oct. 15 Feb. 1 Jun. 1

Communicate with the SRA at