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.

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.

Learn more: Assistant professor of chemistry Katherine Mirica talks about research, teaching, and looking at equations as poetry in this news story.

Women are well represented in your research group. Do you encourage them to apply?  

I do. I very actively recruit from Dartmouth’s Women in Science Program, which seeks to engage female undergraduates in research as soon as possible. Students interview for these competitive positions during the fall of their freshman year. By winter term, they’re in the lab, at the frontier.  

Read the full interview