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, 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 email@example.com.
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.
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The deadline to apply for the NIDA Summer Research Internship Program is less than two weeks away! Apply to the NIDA Summer Research Internship Program! Calling all undergraduates interested in participating in an addiction science summer internship! The NIDA Summer Research Internship Program supports all students with a focus on increasing underrepresented populations in substance use and addiction research. […]
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The University of Missouri has more than 60 slots in our AWESOME summer program for visiting students! In addition to providing a full time research experience and end-of-the-summer poster session, we organize evening seminars, specialty small group seminars, and orientation and social activities designed to create a supportive peer community. Many of our seminars focus on professional […]
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Check out these great opportunities for STEM undergraduates interested in graduate school and research internships! These programs are sponsored by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory: Apply for the DOE-WDTS SULI and CCI internship programs at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The application closes October 6 at 5:00 PM EST. Register here for the upcoming virtual GRAD Lab (September 24-25) to learn […]
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Clinton Cave (Neuroscience) was recently featured in TheScientist where he talks about the value of undergraduate research. “Middlebury’s undergraduate focus…is a real strength because it gives students early access to sophisticated labs, setting them up to succeed in STEM careers. It’s especially important that he help first-generation students, students of color, and women see a path forward, he says. ‘And it’s very rewarding to be able to pay for the mentorship that I’ve received over the years.’” Read more of Clinton Cave Investigates How Brain Cells Communicate.
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Seven Days recently featured Biology Professor Greg Pask, the 2022 recipient of the Perkins Award for Excellence in Teaching. Student research assistants funded through the CTLR’s Undergraduate Research Summer Program spent the summer researching insect pheromones with Pask. Read the full Seven Days story.
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Middlebury History Professor Amy Morsman shares how her Winter Term course on chronicling the pandemic in Vermont impacted students. Partnering with the Vermont Folklife Center, the course resulted in a series of stories published in the Addison Independent. The Project-Based Learning course was also supported by the Academic Outreach Endowment through the Center for Community Engagement. Read more
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