Undergraduate Research

About 77% of Rochester students are involved in undergraduate research.

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Research & Innovation Grants

Incoming students can receive grants to use on research endeavors.

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Current Research

Learn about current student research and hear from alumni about their research projects.

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What does research mean at Rochester?

Research is the systematic pursuit of knowledge and an exciting process of discovery. Every field of study has its own research problems and methods. As a Rochester student, you’ll engage in real research, seeking answers to questions of great interest to you. Your research could be aesthetic, socio-political, scientific, or technical. You choose the tools, gather the data, and delve deeper to find answers.

If you have a strong interest in doing research, it’s likely that you especially will at Rochester. Not only is the University a major research institution with world-class scholars, scientists, libraries, and laboratories, it also has a long-standing commitment to making these resources fully available to undergraduates.

Research exemplifies the kind of learning that the Rochester Curriculum is all about: interest-driven, disciplined, “real,” making you the author of your education. With a high ratio of faculty to students, it’s possible for almost any student to do research, if they want to. The key is finding a professor to advise you and guide you in the process. What makes research an educational experience is that in doing it, many students find they really learn how to learn. It makes their academic courses more meaningful and opens up new worlds of knowledge.


How to fund research

One way to make all of this possible is to be awarded a Research and Innovation Grant (RIG). The goal of RIG is to get you involved in experiential activities that:

  • Stimulate your mind.
  • Broaden your perspectives.
  • Expand your intellectual and social networking.
  • Strengthen your connections to the University community and the research and creative communities throughout the world.

RIGs provide research expenses of $3,000–$4,500 for undergraduate students working with a faculty sponsor. Only students applying to the College are eligible for these grants. Eligible sponsors are faculty members holding any type of appointment (including clinical, emeritus, adjunct, research associate, instructor, etc.) in any part of the University.