Whatever your interest, whatever your passion, JYM can arrange amazing research opportunities for you!
Defined as "one of the highest achievements of undergraduate student learning" by the Forum on Education Abroad, independent research has long been a core feature of the Junior Year in Munich program. (see our list of Past Research Projects)
But independent study does not mean that students are off on their own. Students working on undergraduate research projects become part of JYM's Research Colloquium led by JYM's resident director, Prof. Hans-Peter Söder.
As members of the Research Colloquium, students must present their research proposal before group members for discussion, and present and defend the outcomes of their research project in a public forum, either at JYM or as part of a transdisciplinary undergraduate conference sponsored by JYM (see Transatlantic Conferences & Events at JYM).
As members of the Research Colloquium, they are also expected to attend select studium generale lectures (either at JYM or at LMU Munich) and/or events in Munich related to a Colloquium topic.
• Political Science students, who have an incredible opportunity to be mentored by Hermann "Beppo" Brem, a long-time member of Die Grünen, Bundestag candidate and politician; he is currently Chairman of Bündnis 90/Die Grünen for the City of Munich.
• Studio art students, who have the extraordinary opportunity to undertake art projects with the internationally acclaimed artist of subliminal expression, Ugo Dossi. His work was selected multiple times for exhibition at Documenta (next to Venice's Biennale the most important exhibition of modern and contemporary art in the world), and is on display at nearly 50 museums in Europe. Watch the Interview with Ugo Dossi on YouTube!
(A student from Kenyon College even had her art exhibited at Galerie Christoph Dürr!)
• Creative writing students and aspiring authors, who have the opportunity to be mentored by award-winning Lyric Poet, Dramatist, Essayist and Translator Gerhard Falkner, and submit their work for publication in the journal WENDEPUNK.T Zeitschrift für eine neue Zeit which brings together talents of all nationalities in Munich.
If you already have a research topic in mind, feel free to email Prof. Söder for advice and suggestions. With approval from your advisor, enter JYG 4900 Undergraduate Research Project (3 cr) when completing your Proposed Schedule of Courses on the Application Form.