The possibilities for undergraduate research at Drexel are limitless; our students have studied xenon half a mile underground in New Mexico, characterized gut bacteria in Argentinian ants, analyzed driving behaviors in patients following a traumatic brain injury, and even co-edited a memoir by a Grammy-award winner – and many of these opportunities are available as early as the freshman year!
WHAT IS RESEARCH?
Research isn’t just for natural science students who want to work in the lab or field — it’s for anyone who wants to investigate a topic or discipline on a deeper level under the mentorship and guidance of a faculty expert. Research may involve a single student and mentor or a team of multiple undergraduates, graduate students and faculty. Research projects are available across almost all disciplines in the humanities, sciences and social sciences.
WHY RESEARCH EXPERIENCES ARE IMPORTANT
Undergraduate research enables students to gain skills in problem solving, communication and teamwork while helping to clarify their academic and professional goals. Participating in research also gives students the chance work one-on-one with faculty, allowing them to build lasting relationships with world-renowned experts. Many of our students receive research awards for their work and are published in academic journals — some even in their freshman year!
HOW TO FIND A MENTOR
One of the most important steps in a student’s career as an undergraduate researcher is finding a faculty mentor. Faculty mentors are a source of support and guidance, both in the research setting and in guiding future endeavors by providing advice on graduate school or potential career paths. There are a number of ways to identify a faculty mentor:
- Explore Faculty Profiles. Faculty profiles typically include research interests, areas of expertise, publications and links to the faculty member’s research group or lab site.
- Network. While not all professors have student research opportunities available, they tend to be highly familiar with other faculty members’ research in their department. Students should speak to their professors about their research interests, as professors may be able to direct the student to faculty members with similar research interests.
- Explore Discover. Drexel’s Discover website allows faculty members to post open research positions for undergraduate students — which means that these faculty members are actively looking for undergraduate research assistants.
Learn more about finding a mentor
Research opportunities abound for students in the College of Arts and Sciences and the possibilities differ by major. Students may choose to apply for a research fellowship or scholarship, conduct an independent study on a topic of their choosing, join a faculty research project, apply for a research co-op, take a research-based course elective, or conduct lab work.
Learn more about College of Arts and Sciences Fellowships and Scholarships
Learn more about research at the Office of Undergraduate Research