Research Opportunities for Students

Collaborative student-faculty research is an integral component of a Lawrence education. Cultivating a research-rich environment, Lawrence nurtures diverse scholarly interests, provides personal attention, encourages open discourse and collaboration, values initiative and celebrates accomplishment. Students have the opportunity to develop their own research projects and are encouraged to report their results in publications and conference presentations.

Research opportunities abound, whether during the academic year for course credit or during the summer for pay with funding support from Lawrence as well as external sources including the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and others. Many student laboratory research projects grow out of, and contribute to, the ongoing research interests of faculty members and can range widely over the various disciplines.

In addition to on-campus research opportunities, Lawrence’s LU-R1 program partners qualified students who are majoring in the natural sciences with Lawrence alumni who are conducting research at leading R1 universities across the country for 10-week-long collaborations during the summer.

Launched in 2010, LU-R1 takes undergraduate research to the next level, providing significant opportunities  at major universities, clinical research settings and government agencies that are usually reserved for graduate students. The program also provides research experiences that enhance students’ Senior Experience capstone projects.

Institutional Review Board

The purpose of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) is to safeguard the rights and welfare of human subjects involved in research activities conducted at or sponsored by Lawrence University. Find out more.

International Research

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