Whether in the sciences, social sciences, humanities or arts, we provide research opportunities that, at many institutions, would be available only to graduate students — because we know that research experience sets you apart from the competition when applying to graduate schools and forging professional careers.

Our students work in close collaboration with faculty on groundbreaking projects and are often cited as co-authors on papers, journal articles and book chapters. Many even travel with faculty to present their results at academic conferences. Research is supported by the College and through grants, and extends beyond the academic year to in-depth research projects conducted during summer break.

Here, you could make an original discovery, advance the state of the art, create something beautiful or contribute to an important debate. 

Humanities, social science and art research

We offer many opportunities for student-faculty and independent research in the arts, humanities and social sciences. The ConnSSHARP (Connecticut College Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts Research) program, for example, offers students summer research stipends for work with faculty. ConnSSHARP research stipends are designed both as a faculty development opportunity to secure summer research assistance and also as an intensive research apprenticeship for students with a strong disciplinary commitment and aspirations for graduate programs. Priority will be given to applications for research opportunities that complement the on-going work of the nominating faculty members. The stipends are offered on a competitive basis, and the summer research projects typically are followed by research during the academic year. View and download the ConnSSharp Brochure.

Science research

Most of our science students engage in research, including projects supported by major federal and private foundation grants.

Here are just a few of many examples:

  • You could work with Rachel Spicer, assistant professor of botany, who is in the midst of a three-year $395,064 National Science Foundation grant for research about tree growth that has practical applications for biofuel development and forest generation.
  • You could study bioluminescence — the emission of light by living organisms — with Chemistry Professor Bruce Branchini, whose bioluminescence research group is actively developing practical applications for non-toxic biodegradable bioluminescent materials for possible use by the U.S. military.
  • Or you could work on the cutting edge of robotics technology with Computer Science Professor Gary Parker, an artificial intelligence specialist who has published 41 refereed papers with students in the last 10 years and taken students to present research at 19 conferences in locations such as Japan, Australia, Spain, Scotland, Alaska and Hawaii.

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