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


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

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

Undergraduate Research Deadlines

See Undergraduate Research Deadlines Calendar

Undergraduate Research Events

See Undergraduate Research Events Calendar
  • Midd.Data Lighting Talk: Optimizing Spirits Distribution in Bangkok with Data-Driven Marketing Analytics (10/22)

    Date: Friday, October 22, 2021
    Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm
    Location: Online
    Amitiva Biswas, Professor of the Practice 

    Spirits, or “hard liquor”, is a 500 billion USD industry globally and a 20 billion USD industry in Thailand, comprising almost 4% of total GDP there. The premium spirits market is a global oligopoly dominated by 3 major brand owners: Diageo (Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff, others), Pernod Ricard (Chivas, Absolut, others), and Bacardi (Bacardi rum, Dewars, Grey Goose, others) which together command 50% global market share. In 2019, Bacardi selected Thailand to test a data-driven approach to strategy and engagement - could quantitative analysis help select the optimal venues, terms, and conditions for partnerships? In this project, we recruited 10 survey-takers to collect about 100 data points from 500 different venues using a custom-designed survey instrument and mobile app. We developed several metrics and algorithms designed to convert these data into actionable strategic and executional recommendations for optimizing marketing. This talk will give a brief overview of the industry, review metric and algorithm development, the data gathering process, and findings from the project. See more information at go.middlebury.edu/midddata. Register

  • Fall Faculty Forum (10/29)

    Date: Friday, October 29, 2021
    Time: 1:00pm - 5:30pm
    Location: Axinn Center
    The symposium will be held in Axinn with sessions at 1:00 pm, 2:45 pm, and 4:30 pm, with concurrent panels assembled to be interdisciplinary in scope, but linked by theme. Additional details will be available closer to the event date.

  • Midd.Data Lighting Talk: Linguistic Development during Study Abroad: Research on a Corpus of Spoken Learner Chinese (11/12)

    Date: Friday, November 12, 2021
    Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm
    Location: Online
    Hang Du, Chinese Department  

    Research investigating the effect of study abroad on the development of grammatical accuracy has produced conflicting results. Using corpus linguistics research methods—yet to be used more extensively in Second Language Acquisition research—this study investigated students’ acquisition of grammatical accuracy and lexical development during study abroad in China. The data consists of a subgroup of 62 students in a corpus of over one million characters of transcribed spoken learner Chinese produced by 83 American college students who studied in China for a semester or academic year. Results show that the students made significant progress in their accuracy of using the perfective aspect marker le; they used more sophisticated vocabulary; and for the two words that mean “but” in English, they shifted from using the less frequent word kěshì to the more frequent dànshì, towards the native norm. The significance of such research and pedagogical implications will be discussed. See more information at go.middlebury.edu/midddata. Register

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

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