Student-faculty research is an integral part of the science programs at Connecticut College. Research is supported by the College and through grants. We receive nearly $1 million a year in federal research grants. Our professors are making important discoveries. As a student here, you can too.
Research experience prepares you for graduate programs, medical school and careers in the sciences, and sets you apart from the competition. You have opportunities to conduct research with faculty during the academic year and for in-depth research experiences during summer break. Fellowships and grants are often available to help with expenses.
What kinds of research might you do as a student here? 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.
Want to learn more? Meet some science students who have done research and received fellowships and scholarships.
Summer research opportunities
We offer an intensive summer research program for students to work one-on-one with a faculty member on a research project. Students may apply for one of 30-40 summer research fellowships that provide a stipend and campus housing. The program runs 8-10 weeks and includes coordinated events for students, including research presentations from students, invited outside speakers, social events and field trips. Many of our students begin their research experience during the summer and continue the research during the academic year for course credit.