A student presents her research projects using a poster presentation.

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

Students engage in research and creative works with Middlebury faculty; work with faculty at other universities and research institutions; and pursue their own independent research and projects. Students present their work at the Spring Student Symposium and professional conferences and even publish their findings in undergraduate research journals and professional journals as co-authors with Middlebury faculty.

Every discipline has opportunities for student inquiry. Depending on the field, this 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, a new understanding, a debunked old theory…the possibilities are endless.

The Undergraduate Research Office (URO) supports students in these endeavors with advising, information about opportunities, and funding for senior work, academic conference participation, and summer research support for Middlebury faculty working with undergraduate students..

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

Contact

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

Undergraduate Research Deadlines

  • Senior Research Project Supplement (SRPS) Deadline (10/1)

    Date: Friday, October 1, 2021
    Time: All Day Event
    Location:
    Students applying for funds up to $1,200 for senior research projects for AY 21-22 need to submit the online application by October 1. Applications require a budget, narrative, and a faculty support statement. Project dates need to occur while the student has senior status. Applications up to $350 are accepted on a rolling basis. Additional deadlines for funding over $350 will be in January and April. See details and a link to the application at go.middlebury.edu/srps.

  • Academic Conference Fund Applications Rolling Deadline

    Date: Friday, December 10, 2021
    Time: All Day Event
    Location:
    Students can apply for funding to either present (up to $1,000) or attend (up to $350) an academic conference by submitting the online application. You will need a budget, narrative and faculty support statement. See details and a link to the application at go.middlebury.edu/atf.

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

ctlr@middlebury.edu
(802) 443-3131