Breakthroughs & Ah-ha Moments

If you had the chance to make a discovery that garners national attention, changes an industry, or helps to improve quality of life for many thousands of people—all stemming from research you launch as a first-year student—would you seize it? At Dartmouth, we provide you with the guidance, the tools, and in many cases, the funding to create breakthrough knowledge in fields ranging from anthropology to zoology and everything in between.

Many of the undergraduates in [Assistant Professor of Chemistry Michael Ragusa's] lab are effectively doing graduate level projects, he says. "Because of the nature of what we do, there are no easy projects, so everything has a very high bar."

Robust Research Infrastructure

Not every project changes the world, but each project changes the student who pursues it. That's why our professors are so committed to mentoring undergraduates as researchers and coauthors—and why we've created such a robust infrastructure to support the curiosity, drive, and talent of Dartmouth undergraduates.

  • Undergraduate Advising & Research (UGAR)
    UGAR exists to create close collaborations between professors and students in one-on-one teaching and mentoring relationships outside the classroom. Through UGAR, you will acquire first-hand experience in an academic field of research while developing skills such as critical thinking, information processing, and effective communication.
  • Undergraduate Research Grants
    Dartmouth provides funding of up to $4,800 for 10 weeks of full-time leave research under the guidance of a Dartmouth faculty mentor.
  • Women in Science Project (WISP)
    WISP internships match first-year and sophomore women interested in STEM fields with faculty mentors and ongoing research projects.
  • James O. Freedman Presidential Scholarships
    Juniors perform hands-on research in part-time paid assistantships with a Dartmouth faculty mentor.
  • Senior Fellowships
    Gives you the ability to devote your entire senior year to a substantial independent project that pushes beyond the bounds of the existing Dartmouth curriculum.
  • Sophomore and Junior Research Scholarships
    Spend one to two terms working as a part-time paid research assistant with a Dartmouth faculty mentor.
  • Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowships at Dartmouth
    Supports sophomores and juniors from underrepresented minority groups and students who have demonstrated a commitment to the objectives of the Mellon Mays fellowships in their preparation for doctoral studies.
  • Honors Thesis Grants
    Receive up to $2,500 toward the cost of your senior honors thesis research.
  • Mini-grants
    Cover conference registration fees up to $300 for an individual student or up to $1,000 to cover the costs of an on-campus event or program by a student organization.


I'm very lucky to be going to school where I am because right up here at Dartmouth, the Geisel Medical School is one of the most prestigious CF labs in the country and it was so easy just to get involved. All I had to do is shoot out an email and ask if I could come work in the lab. I started working on research with Bruce Stanton's team and the lung biology lab.  - Sam Neff '21

A photo of Sam Neff '21

Sam Neff '21 fights cystic fibrosis (CF) every day by following a strict treatment regimen, by contributing to CF research in Geisel’s Lung Biology Center, and by participating in a clinical trial at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. In this video, Sam talks about how being at Dartmouth is helping him take on cystic fibrosis.