Advanced Research and Creativity in Honors (ARCH) Program

The Advanced Research and Creativity in Honors (ARCH) program provides opportunities to Honors College students to engage in supervised research and creative projects in any subject field under the supervision of FIU faculty experts. ARCH now has more ways for you to get involved with research or creative activities! Take a look at the options within ARCH below.

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  • For those students who are looking for an introduction to research and want to get their feet wet in a research lab
  • Requirements:
    • Apprentices will assist in a pre-established lab
    • Learn the basics of research
      • The exact requirements will vary by lab
    • Requires weekly log of what they did and what they learned
  • Submission of a final reflection (about five pages) that may consider the following questions/issues:
    • Detail the full course and all of the material covered (about 1 page…what did you do all semester long)
    • Where do you plan to go from here?
    • Take away points
    • What was something that you thought you knew before but were wrong about?
    • Things you would have done differently
    • Things that the lab/mentor/HC should do differently
    • What was the most challenging aspect and how did you overcome it?
    • What was the easiest aspect and why do you think it came so easily to you?
    • Must be substantive review of the experience in the lab
  • Required: Students are required to make a poster presentation at UR-FIU
0-3 credits per semester
  • For students who will be completing their research in one semester
    • This option is just as rigorous as a thesis, but less extensive
  • Will cover many of the same areas as a thesis but with the purpose of proposing the research for future execution:
    • Introduction
    • Literature Review
    • Methods
    • Hypotheses, research questions, etc.
    • Possible Statistical Analysis (if some data are collected)
    • What-if Scenarios for a Discussion
  • Required: Students are required to make a poster presentation at UR-FIU and write a 12 page (maximum) proposal.
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  • If your major offers a thesis option for “honors in the major,” the Honors College will take the work that you do here and count it toward ARCH
    • Engineering students may use the Senior Design Project here
  • The Honors College and the ARCH program will offer direction to the faculty and students
  • Students are required to meet with faculty to establish parameters and requirements, as well as their academic advisor in the major to ensure that they meet all the necessary pre-requisites for thesis in the major
    • Identify areas of support for both faculty and students
  • Requirement for ARCH: Students are required to make an oral presentation at UR-FIU
0-3 credits per semester
  • For those students who work on research outside of the sciences (e.g., law, humanities, business) or students doing a creative project
  • The ARCH Project can cover several written or creative activities, including but not limited to,
    • White paper, position paper, extended literature review, theory paper, performance, etc.
  • Expectations include substantive and rigorous writing; however, no actual data needed
  • Required: Students are required to make a poster presentation at UR-FIU
0-3 credits per semester
  • For those majors that do not offer a thesis option, or for students who want to conduct rigorous research
    • This option is for students who are researching in the sciences (either natural or social)
    • This option requires rigorous and extensive writing, original data collection, some background in stats research methods
    • Sections of a thesis include: Introduction, Literature Review, Methods, Results, and Discussion (or some variation thereof, depending on the discipline)
  • Required: Three-person committee review with proposal and defense
    • One Honors Faculty (ARCH Director)
    • Mentor/Chair
    • Outside or any other Faculty
      • The proposal is in Fall and the defense in Spring
  • Required: Students are required to make an oral presentation at UR-FIU and write a 12 page (maximum) proposal in the Fall and a 8000 word (minimum) thesis in the Spring.

Hear from past students:

About ARCH

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    Students have the opportunity to engage in advanced research through online workshops. ARCH can be taken for up to 6 credits to satisfy 1 Honors upper-division requirement.

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    ARCH research can be done independently or as the “Honors in the Major” in selected majors. Participants write a thesis or comparable research report. If the department does not have a thesis, capstone, or senior project option, ARCH requirements apply.

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    Students who want to participate in ARCH (with or without credit) must submit a completed application.

ARCH FAQs

Click here for tips on how to choose a topic. ARCH is open to any academic discipline, including but not limited to STEM, Social Sciences, Humanities, the Arts, Medicine and Business. You can schedule a meeting with Undergraduate Research Senior Coordinator Allen Varela (alvarel@fiu.edu).
Review our Faculty Affiliate Database. Please note that your ARCH advisor does NOT have to come from this list. You can also schedule a meeting with Undergraduate Research Senior Coordinator Allen Varela (alvarel@fiu.edu).
Yes, apply to ARCH. You can join a faculty member’s lab, group, or team and work on the project for ARCH. If you already signed up as part of a research team, you can still register for ARCH and get Honors credit for it.
Apply to ARCH at the same time. A departmental thesis, capstone and/or design project can also count as an ARCH project. (Not every FIU college or department has this kind of required project; your degree program’s academic advisor can tell you).
Apply to the ARCH Apprenticeship. This option is for those students who are looking for an introduction to research and want to get their feet wet in a research lab. It is meant for those who are early in their undergraduate career and would like early exposure to research.
You can still apply to ARCH. Your ARCH project does not have to take place at FIU. Previous ARCH projects have been completed via Honors 2.0 online and in other countries.

Here are some tips to remember when choosing a topic:

  • Choose a topic that you WANT to research, create, investigate, analyze and present!
  • Do not choose a topic too broad where you have to collect a ton of information or too narrow where all answers are found in only one source.
  • Decide the resources (library, journals, data, interviews, etc.) for your topic.
  • Find out who will be impacted by your topic and whether on a local, national, or global scale.
  • Topics can be on a current or historical issue as well as comparing several periods throughout history.
  • Discuss your idea(s) with a professor to construct a topic.

Ready to apply?

Submit a completed ARCH Application
The last day to submit the ARCH Application for Fall 2019-Spring 2020 is August 16, 2019.

If you have questions or concerns about ARCH you can contact Allen Varela by calling 305-348-4100 or by emailing alvarel@fiu.edu.