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School of Arts and Sciences

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduates are an active and vital component of the research community at Tufts. There are many opportunities for undergraduate students to collaborate with faculty, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers on projects in all disciplines. In addition, there are several resources available for Tufts students looking for research opportunities outside the university or after they complete their degree.

Summer Scholars Program - A university-wide initiative that offers research apprenticeships with faculty/clinical mentors to motivated Tufts undergraduates.

Tufts Undergraduate Research & Scholarship Symposium - An annual Tufts tradition that celebrates the diverse contributions made by Tufts undergraduates to scholarship and research advances.

Undergraduate Research Fund - Students may request funding for senior theses and for other proposals emphasizing original research that is directly supervised by a Tufts faculty member. Learn more about the fund's guidelines, procedures, and deadlines.

International Research Program - A generous gift from an anonymous donor permits the School of Arts & Sciences to pilot an innovative program to fund student-faculty teams conducting scientific research internationally.

Anne E. Borghesani Memorial Prize - A prize awarded to second semester sophomores or juniors who undertake a research project, internship, volunteer activity or plan of study in any field involving international issues. The prize encourages personal growth and independence, while increasing understanding of all people and encouraging commitment to the world community.

Tisch Library Undergraduate Research Award - This award recognizes outstanding undergraduate use of Tisch Library resources and services in the production of an exemplary research paper or project. All currently registered undergrads are eligible. Winners must agree to contribute materials to a Tisch display and to submit their entry to the Tufts institutional repository. 

Visiting and Early Research Scholars' Experiences (VERSE) Program - VERSE creates a cohort of underrepresented students through focused, culturally-competent mentoring to participate in a 10-week summer research immersion experience. The goal of this program is to enable students to connect to faculty mentors with active research labs and research projects, and gain valuable hands-on research training that will build their confidence in conducting research and equip them to design their own research projects in the future.