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U-M HistoryLabs Start-Up Guide

So, you want to start a HistoryLab?

U-M HistoryLabs bring together faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates as investigators and lab members, collaborating on research projects that involve both curricular and extracurricular components. 

HistoryLabs, which can be initiated by U-M History faculty or graduate students, can take a variety of forms. They don’t have to focus on public engagement. Here are some examples (link to view the syllabi archive):

  • Creating an online exhibit on urban policing

  • Developing a research database for immigration lawyers

  • Co-authoring an article under the leadership of a principal investigator

  • Creating a repository of translated documents for use in a future project 

Projects often are developed in collaboration with community partners. They may be contained within a single term or be reimplemented—expanding upon your original project—in future terms. Below are five steps to start a HistoryLab—also check out the U-M HistoryLabs Resource Guide.