Undergraduate research is an important part of the Southwestern Experience. It develops the intellectual practice of problem solving and provides an enduring framework for the exploration and creation of new knowledge. It is decidedly different from the typical classroom-based learning experience. Collaborating with faculty, our students work on authentic, unsolved problems, not scenarios scripted in a textbook. 

These research opportunities extend well beyond the sciences to include the arts, humanities and social sciences. Subjects range from Kinesiology to Biochemistry and Computer Science to Psychology. All involve research that has the potential to truly impact their fields.

Undergraduate research fits perfectly into SU’s experiential education model which complements inquiry-based learning and independent study with community-engaged learning and study abroad to develop the lifelong skills and abilities of a creator and innovator.


Recent Undergraduate Research

Sarah Friday ’20 and Lord Chair and Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science Fumiko Futamura in SCOPE 2019

Generating Art

Sarah Friday ’20 has published original research on art generated by artificial intelligence while double majoring in the seemingly disparate fields of art and computer science.

Claire Harding ’20

Solving Earth’s Problems from Space

German and physics double major Claire Harding ’20 interned with NASA and will be teaching English in Germany as a Fulbright English teaching assistant.

Student research

Collaborative Summer Research during a Pandemic

Southwestern students and faculty mentors engage in projects across the disciplines—remotely.


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