One of the best ways to prepare for the future is to conduct original research, no matter what your field. Many students work in on-campus labs; others make use of nearby research facilities such as the University of Minnesota or the Minnesota Epilepsy Group; still others do field research as far away as Peru and China. Faculty members in your area of interest and the Science and Research Office are good resources for getting started.
Here are a few recent research projects.
What’s Your Passion?
- Seeking a Better LED
- Chemical Biology
- Immune Response
- Autism Spectrum
- Synthetic Chemistry
- Valuable Molecules
- Medicinal Chemistry
- Ancient Healing
- Agriculture and Entrepreneurship
- TurtleBot to Travel
- How Brains Learn Shapes
- Semantic Relatedness
- Financial Statements
- Female Farmers in Burkina Faso
- Health Care Access
- Mapping North Minneapolis
- Fish, Crocodiles, and Dinosaurs
- Xenoliths and Volcanoes
- Analyzing Castro’s Speeches
- Justice at the Hague
- Investigating Addiction
- Video Games and Empathy
- Rocket Launch
- Criminal Myths
- Giant Puppets
- Conservation in Israel
Some of the places where our students did research off-campus include:
- American Refugee Committee
- Council on Crime and Justice
- Danish Institute of Study Abroad
- Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
- Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research
- Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute
- Johns Hopkins University
- Juneau Icefield Research Program
- Laboratoire de l’Accélérateur Linéaire
- Mayo Clinic
- NYU Langone Medical Center Department of Psychiatry
- Southern California Earthquake Center
- Yale University
In addition to what you learn about a specialized area, an original research project allows you to show how you can contribute in your field. Many students report that grad school or employment interviewers often focus on the student’s research because that work demonstrates initiative, curiosity, and self-direction.
2016 graduates who conducted research projects with faculty prior to graduation.
for NSF grants per capita among our peer liberal arts colleges–twice #1 in the previous four years.
downloads of Mac student and faculty papers published in the Digital Commons.