ASH Scholars



Any student, regardless of class year, is eligible to apply, so long as you are in good standing at MU.  Although the proposed project will be based in artistry, social sciences, and/or humanities, student participants need not be limited to majoring in these areas. Preference will be given to Honors College students.

Applications for the 2019-20 year will open in June 2019 and close on August 16, 2019.

Overview of Undergraduate Research, Artistry & Design Teams

The Honors College and Office of Undergraduate Research jointly sponsor and support undergraduate teams of students in the arts, humanities, or social science disciplines, who work as members of a faculty-led research or design teams.

The ASH Scholars Program employs the Team Approach of research, scholarship, design, and/or artistry, in academic areas where teams may not be the typical mode of scholarly work. It seeks to integrate undergraduates into the professional processes and creates a model for faculty-undergraduate research teams at MU. We take a broad view of ‘research’ and embrace all scholarly work appropriate to the disciplinary norms in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.


The following projects are supported and ongoing:

Documenting Luyia Together – Under the direction of Dr. Michael R. Marlo and Dr. Rebecca Grollemund, Department of English. This project conducts original research on the Luyia language cluster of western Kenya and eastern Uganda. This project launched in Fall 2016.

Close Relationships – The research of psychology faculty Amanda Rose and Ashley Groh focuses on close relationships, including early parent-child relationships, friendships, and romantic/co-parenting relationships. They are both are interested in relationship challenges that need to be handled well for positive relationship outcomes and how relationship partners respond to stress and conflict, including their emotional and physiological reactions. Students working on this team will participate in several projects involving close relationships. One major project that involves teenage friends’ conversations, and how they respond emotionally and physiologically when they talk about problems. Students will participate in reviewing the literature, collecting data with youth and families, data cleaning, entry, and management, data analyses, and presenting results. This project launched in Fall 2017.

CLOSE RELATIONSHIPS Paper Presentations 2019
“The Role of Cardiac Vagal Tone in Adolescent Well-Being: Considering Coping Style as a Mechanism,” by Sai Gajawoni*, Sarah Borowski, Ashley Groh, Amanda Rose
“Examining the Factor Structure of Maternal Caregiving Behaviors in (Non)Distressing Caregiving Contexts,” by Rachael Robinson*, Nanxi Xu, and Ashley Groh
“Problem talk in adolescent friendships: relations between co-rumination and indicators of emotional distress,” by Jeffrey Bodeen*, Hannah Holladay*, Sarah Borowski, Ashley Groh, & Amanda Rose
“Coping strategies in adolescents: gender differences and implications for friendship quality,” by Sophie Endacott*, Lianna Kowalke*, Sarah Borowski, Ashley Groh, Amanda Rose
“A Longitudinal Study Examining Stability and Correlates of Rumination and Co-Rumination and from Adolescence to Adulthood,” by Emily Scully*, Sarah Borowski, and Amanda Rose
“Individual Differences in Attachment Insecurity Assessed with the Attachment Script Assessment: Validation of Novel Scales” by Paul D. Caldo*, Ashley M. Groh1, Katherine C. Haydon2

The Art of Death: Using Creative Mediums to Explore Human Mortality – Are you fascinated by human mortality?  The field of thanatology (study of death and dying) is an interdisciplinary effort to examine death from diverse academic fields.  The goal of this project is to explore conversations about death/dying by producing creative projects for public outreach (e.g., creative writing, digital storytelling, film, photography) and then to use research methods that include quantitative and qualitative assessments to examine the impact of these activities on fears about death and psychological well-being.  The faculty mentors for this team are Jamie Arndt (Psychological Sciences)and Katina Bitsicas (Art/Digital Storytelling). This project launched in Fall 2017.


Our previous projects, no longer operating, ended with a demonstration of outstanding success:

Visualizing Abolition: A Digital History of the Suppression of the African Slave Trade, 1808-1900, under the direction of Dr. Daniel B. Domingues da Silva and Dr. Linda Reeder, Department of History (2016-2017).



Students and faculty mentors are expected to meet regularly (at least weekly) as a group and are encouraged to meet with subgroups of students as well.

Student team members are expected to devote a minimum of 8 hrs/week to the project, in addition to the weekly team meeting. The ASH Team experience is designed to be a co-curricular experience and does not carry academic credit.

Undergraduate Team members will be expected to present their work at the Spring Undergraduate Research & Creative Achievements Forum (April). Presentations may be individual or with small groups.

Students will be expected to attend a limited number of special workshops/presentations appropriate to the needs of the students and team project. At least one workshop/discussion will include Responsible Conduct of Research issues.


Students who are selected to be members of a team will receive a scholarship for the duration of the academic year in the amount of $2,000.00. Participants are advised that these scholarships could have an impact on their existing aid packages and should seek advice from the Financial Aid Office before agreeing to accept the award and participate.