Undergraduate Research

Begin your journey of discovery

You don’t have to wait until you’re in graduate school to start your career as a nurse-researcher. At the Indiana University School of Nursing, you can start exploring your research interests as an undergraduate—and you’ll have the opportunity to work with distinguished faculty researchers whose work is advancing nursing education and practice worldwide.

Learn about faculty research

Research opportunities for undergraduates

If you’re a student in the traditional track of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program, you have the option of conducting a research project through the School of Nursing’s honors program.

As a student in the honors program, you’ll work with a faculty sponsor to develop a proposal for a research study, conduct the study, and write an article about it for publication in a scholarly journal.

If you’re interested in conducting a research project through the honors program, your first step is to contact our faculty sponsor Associate Professor Amy Wonder.

L-R: Megan Eble, Nick Bell, Dr. Angela Opsahl, Allyson Hunsinger, and Emily Pedigo at the 2019 Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Research Conference in Calgary, Canada (Honors student Breanna Martlage not pictured here).

Meet the researchers

Honors students from the Traditional track BSN Class of 2019, under the supervision of Dr. Angela Opsahl, created a research study which used Q-methology to determine caregivers' views surrounding antibiotic stewardship. They used the results of the study to create a community-based educational intervention: a public service announcement video which was aired on video education monitors in the offices of all community pediatricians in three counties in South Central Indiana. 

In addition, the students were competitively selected for a speaking presentation at the 2019 Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Research Conference in Calgary, Canada, which annually draws ~ 1,000 experts in nursing from more than 40 countries. They were also selected for a poster presentation at the Memorial Hospital & Health Care Center Interprofessional Poster Fair in Jennings County, IN, in December 2019. The students are working on a publication stemming from their results.

This has been one of the most beneficial experiences of my entire student career. It’s allowed me to pursue my love of research while providing an invaluable opportunity for personal growth and professional development.

Rebecca Serfass, BSN ’17