Undergraduate Research

Off-Campus Research Opportunities

SU students network with scholars & undergraduates from across the nation to gain research experience in the archives, at the bench, & in the field.

Many Southwestern students gain crucial hands-on experience at research facilities across the globe during the long summer and winter breaks. From shadowing a cardiothoracic surgeon at the University of Texas Health Science Center of Houston and analyzing how the genetics of sexual difference affects adipose tissue at the University of Virginia to observing wildlife conservation in Africa and editing 19th-century musical compositions in Austria, our students engage in groundbreaking studies that broaden their perspectives and enhance their technical skills. Faculty mentors, Southwestern’s award-winning Center for Career & Professional Development, and the Center for Integrative Learning are all here to support Southwestern students in discovering and applying for off-campus research opportunities.

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  • Undergraduate Research

    Every student at Southwestern University engages in research and creative projects, whether it’s writing a literature review for a final sociology essay or designing a theatrical performance for a capstone course. But undergraduate research goes well beyond the classroom…


    Through SU’s Summer Collaborative Opportunities and Experiences, or SCOPE, students partner with faculty and fellow undergraduates from across the disciplines—including the natural and social sciences, the humanities, and the arts—to engage in scholarly and creative inquiry.

  • Other On-Campus Research Opportunities

    In addition to those who participate in our successful SCOPE program, Southwestern undergraduates regularly engage in faculty-mentored research opportunities on campus through Faculty–Student Projects (FSPs) and the Research Assistantship Program.



    Student Stories

    Myriam Ibarra ’19, Amey Duarte ’21, Kirhyn Stein ’20, and Phillip Keys ’20 spent the summer as interns at the Houston Methodist Research Institute.

    The Heart of Research

    Phillip Keys ’20, a biochemistry major and biology minor, shares how his high-impact research internship has helped him prepare for medical school.

    Students pictured: Justin McCormack ’20, Ana Sanchez de Tagle Cardenas ’22, Madison Delmer ’19, and Megan Melo ’21.

    Southwestern Students Complete Summer Internships at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

    Ana Sanchez ’22, Justin McCormack ’20, Megan Melo ’21, and Madison Delmer ’21 reflect on their hands-on internships in the operating room and in the research lab.

    “Tanzania was the greatest opportunity to see [the cats and other animals] in their natural habitat.” - Sarah Barton '20

    On the Plains of Africa

    Sarah Barton ’20 spent a semester studying wildlife management at the School for Field Studies in Tanzania.