The Bloustein School began a new Bloustein Honors Research Program (BHRP) in the 2019-2020 academic year. The BHRP offers a select group of students an opportunity to conduct in-depth research that aligns with the applied research conducted the Bloustein School’s faculty. Students may explore applications of planning, public policy, public health, and health administration as these disciplines relate to community development, health disparities, transportation, global health, the environment, health and wellness, and more.
The program is a formal, academically supervised year-long (6 credits – 3 in fall, 3 in spring) effort involving a peer classroom learning environment together with original research conducted under the supervision of a Bloustein faculty mentor.
Students in the program meet weekly as a class to learn general research and paper writing skills from the BHRP course instructor; the classroom experience provides a common structure to the honors program. Participants submit weekly assignments designed to guide them through understanding the steps of academic research, as well as planning and completing their research project.
In addition to the BHRP classroom instructor, each student has a Bloustein faculty member who specializes in the student’s topic areas as their primary advisor (mentor). The BHRP course instructor, then, serves as the secondary advisor for all BHRP students. Both quantitative and qualitative projects can be supported in the honors program.
For health administration (501), public health (832), and public policy (833) majors, the BHRP can replace the 6-credit internship (10:775:499). For planning and public policy (762) majors, the BHR can replace the 3-credit internship (10:762:400) and Senior Seminar (10:762:499).
This is a capstone experience that works in tandem with the honors programs at SAS and SEBS. Please see your Bloustein advisor for details with regards to how those programs work together with the BHRP.
Those interested in the Bloustein Honors Research Program must complete a formal application in the spring preceding their senior year. The standard criteria for admission include:
- An overall GPA of 3.00 or higher in addition to a GPA of 3.60 or higher* within a Bloustein major;
- Successful completion of Research Methods** (including an evaluation form from the instructor);
- Successful completion of any 300-level writing-intensive course (including an evaluation form from the instructor); and
- A standard letter of recommendation from a Bloustein faculty member.
* Students who do not meet the GPA criteria but who have otherwise demonstrated an interest and ability to conduct research are encouraged to apply and include, with their application materials, a brief statement explaining the circumstances behind their academic trajectory and how they have overcome these academic issues.
** Students taking Research Methods during Summer Session, should apply by the stated deadline and, after the final grade for the Summer Session Research Methods is posted, notify the school (via email@example.com) of the grade and provide the instructor’s evaluation form.
Once accepted to the BHRP, students should seek to secure a mentor, who must be a full-time faculty member at the Bloustein School. Students who are unable to find a Bloustein mentor should work with the BHR faculty and Advising Staff for guidance.
The BHRP online application for the 2020-2021 academic year will become available on Friday, February 14, 2020. The priority deadline for 2020-2021 BHRP applications will be Monday, June 1, 2020. The evaluation forms and letters of recommendation should be emailed directly from course instructors to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Selected students will receive special permission numbers to register for 10:775:497, 498 in their respective terms.