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Undergraduate Research

Begin as early as freshman year

Drexel University's College of Arts and Sciences offers unlimited possibilities for undergraduate research starting as early as your freshman year.

What is research? It isn’t just for natural science students who want to experiment in a lab or do field work — it’s for anyone who wants to investigate a topic or academic discipline on a deeper level under the mentorship of a faculty expert. Undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative experiences are available across almost all majors in the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences at Drexel University.

Drexel University's College of Arts and Sciences offers unlimited possibilities for undergraduate research starting as early as your freshman year.

Gain hands-on experience

Opportunities abound for students in the College of Arts and Sciences to pursue hands-on experience in research, scholarship and creative work — apply for a research fellowship or scholarship, conduct an independent study on a topic of your choice, join a faculty or group project, apply for a research co-op, take a research-based course elective, or conduct lab work. The possibilities are limitless!

Did you know?

Almost half of Drexel’s Winter 2021 Undergraduate Research Mini Grants were awarded to College of Arts and Sciences students.


Sociology alumna Victoria Wible served as a research assistant with the Labor and Energy Project at Drexel University.



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Drexel University's College of Arts and Sciences offers unlimited possibilities for undergraduate research starting as early as your freshman year.

Why get involved?

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 to 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.


Chemistry major and Pennoni Honors College student Sky Harper conducts research with the goal of helping to advance Native American healthcare.


Meet 2021 STAR Scholars

The STAR —Students Tackling Advanced Research— Scholars Program is an opportunity for highly motivated first-year students to engage in an early faculty-mentored undergraduate research, scholarship, or creative experience during the summer after their freshman year. This highly competitive program seeks to identify and encourage students to take a hands-on approach to their education through undergraduate research.

Students who participate in the STAR Scholars Program earn a stipend and live in free on-campus housing for the summer term while completing 350 hours of faculty-mentored activity. Their summer experience culminates with a poster presentation at the annual STAR Scholars Showcase.

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