A wide variety of student research opportunities are available with faculty across disciplines.  The following list includes selected recent student research project highlights in science and mathematics.


  • Ants on the Fly: Deconstructing the Ant Antenna
  • Cataloging and Digitizing the Bird Specimen Collection at Middlebury College
  • Characterizing the SloR-mntH Promoter Region Interaction in S. mutans
  • Does This Tick You Off Too? Ecological Drivers of Tick Abundance and Lyme Disease Prevalence
  • Investigating the Impact of SloR Binding on Streptococcus mutans Gene Expression
  • The Smithsonian’s Maine Fur-Bearer Archeofauna Collections
  • Validating a Role for Small Regulatory RNAs in the Streptococcus mutans SloR Regulon

Chemistry and Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

  • Characterizing the Functional and Structural Differences between Cytosolic and Exported Borrelia burgdorferi glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase
  • Chemical-Genetic Dissection of Necroptosis
  • Elucidating Structural Origins of Nonradiative Events in CdSe:CdS Nanocrystals
  • Optimizing the Synthesis of a Methoxyamide Substrate to Explore New Photoredox Chemistry
  • The Characterization of phosphofructokinases from Borrelia burgdorferi
  • Towards a Proof of Concept Photoredox Coupling Reaction between Two Polypeptides

Computer Science

  • Improving Quantum Algorithms on Easy Inputs
  • Theoretical and Experimental Algorithms

Earth and Climate Science

  • Sedimentology and Stratigraphy of the Equatorial Pacific’s Line Islands Region
  • Using Neural Networks to Model Sea Surface Temperatures

Environmental Studies Program

  • Cataloging and Digitizing the Bird Specimen Collection at Middlebury College


  • Mapping the World: A Visual Introduction to Global Studies


  • Toward a Better Understanding of Epilepsy: Modeling the Effect of Gap Junctions on Epilepsy

Neuroscience Program

  • Interstrain Variation of Negative Affective Withdrawal from Cocaine


  • Constructing a Laser-Scanning Confocal Microscope Using Curved Mirrors
  • Direct Imaging of RNA loaded Lipid-Nanoparticles for RNA-based Vaccines
  • Entanglement Entropy in Frustrated Quantum Ferromagnets
  • Machine Learning to Reverse-Solve Schrodinger’s Equation
  • Measuring the Superconducting Transition of a High-Temperature Superconductor
  • Observing the Hall Effect in Semiconductors
  • Taking 3D Pictures with a Pulsed Laser
  • Using Machine Learning to Identify Supermassive Black Hole Powered Quasars


  • Computational Models of The Effects of Infraslow Oscillations on Neuron Ensemble Formation
  • Developmental Consequences of C-Section Delivery in Prairie Voles (Microtus ochrogaster)
  • Does Using Moral Foundation Language for Christians Increase Environmental Engagement
  • Formula Hybrid Aerodynamics
  • Memor-eyes; Bilateral Saccadic Eye Movements and Episodic Memory Retrieval
  • Social Media Use Among Adolescents in the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Talking About Pandemic Losses