A student presents her research projects using a poster presentation.

Middlebury offers students opportunities for research and creative works across disciplines.

Depending on the field, research may take place in a lab, in a studio, in an archive or out in the field. It may lead to a publication, a film, a performance, an innovative technique, or a new understanding.

Middlebury students collaborate on research with peers and faculty, both at Middlebury and other universities or research institutions. They also have the opportunity to pursue independent projects with a faculty advisor. Researchers share their work at the Spring Student Symposium, professional conferences, and as co-authored, published findings in undergraduate research and professional journals.

Undergraduate Research in the CTLR support includes advising, research resources, information about opportunities, and funding for senior work, academic conference participation, and summer research with Middlebury faculty.

What Middlebury Students Have to Say

“During my time doing field research, I gained invaluable experience in both academic research and archival research methods. In addition to gaining these skills, I also discovered a love of medieval studies and manuscript studies, which I am seriously considering pursuing in some form as post-graduate plans. In terms of my academic experience at Middlebury, being afforded this opportunity has allowed me to delve into nuanced and complex academic topics that I would never have been able to experience without doing this field research.” —Jess Garner ‘19.5

“My research was an excellent capstone to my academic experience at Middlebury, and it also inspired me to pursue art history in a professional context. This experience also opened my eyes to the importance of architecture in the way in which it both shapes and is shaped by a city’s culture, and now this is something I am considering pursuing in graduate school.” —Elaine Velie ‘20

“From start to finish, the research I have conducted on Bi Gan has truly felt like the culmination of all my film studies courses. Every class and every single paper I have written in the film department, particularly those in Professor Keathley and Professor Grindon’s courses, have all built upon one another and given me the critical skills I’ve needed to carry out such thorough and in-depth research.” —Shams Mohajerani ’20


Undergraduate Research is located in 225 Davis Family Library, in the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research (CTLR). Email uro@middlebury.edu.

Research Projects at Midd

For 2021, ECON thesis topics included discrimination against Asians during COVID-19, effects of mask wearing, gender discrimination in the tech sector, Black Lives Matter and data privacy. See a collection of ECON thesis papers and watch the presentations (Midd community) from Professor Abel’s thesis course. See more research projects below.

Amelia Pollard ‘20.5

Major(s): Political Science Project: The Private Police: Security Privatization in Democratic South Africa

Student Research Panel: Data Curation, Evaluation, and Literacy


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Research Opportunities

See UR and Fellowships Blog
  • Summer Research at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

    | by Lisa Gates

    Applications are open for a 10-week research experience that will allow undergraduates the chance to work alongside experienced faculty mentors and explore pressing aerospace problems at Embry-Riddle. The Interdisciplinary Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program provides total immersion into all aspects of laboratory work along with other enrichment activities. Students receive a $5,000 stipend, with […]

  • NIDA Summer Research Internship Program–Drug Abuse Research–Apps due 2/10/23

    | by Lisa Gates

    2023 NIDA Summer Research Internship Program Application Deadline: February 10, 2022 The NIDA Summer Research Internship Program supports all students with a focus on increasing underrepresented populations in drug abuse research. Through this program, undergraduates age 18 and older are introduced to the field of substance use and addiction research by participating in research internships with NIDA’s distinguished […]

  • Summer Research Programs at the University of Missouri–deadlines 1/31-2/19

    | by Lisa Gates

    Check out the variety of Summer Undergraduate Research Programs at the University of Missouri: Alcohol Research (Feb 19) Ellis Fischel Cancer Center Program (Feb 19) Materials Science & Engineering (Feb 19) Medical Sciences (Feb 17) Missouri Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (Feb 19) Translational Biomedicine (Feb 19) Students live in on-campus air-conditioned housing (double rooms), and receive a meal plan paid by […]


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Faculty Resources

Research Information for faculty, including how to hire research assistants during the academic year and summer, can be found in the CTLR’s faculty resources.

Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research
Davis Family Library, Suite 225
Middlebury, VT 05753