Student Research Opportunities

As an undergraduate student (freshman through senior), you can get hands-on research experience at Swenson College. Taking advantage of research opportunities will:

  • Challenge you to achieve high goals

  • Help you learn what you like and dislike in a given field

  • Introduce you to other students that share your passion

  • Connect you with faculty mentors that will help you reach your goals

In addition to working with faculty on their areas of expertise, you can conduct research on things you are passionate about that will assist you in the pursuit of your degree.

Our Main Programs:

UROP = Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program

SURP = Summer Undergraduate Research Program

BURST = Biological Undergraduate Research in Science and Technology

In the Lab from the Start

UMD student Carl Anderson

Carl Anderson first stepped into a lab as a freshman to soak up knowledge and familiarize himself with lab work. By senior year, he was the winner of an award from the MN Science Academy for his work on studying the effects of iron deficiency on brain development.

Carl said, “I don’t think I could have chosen a better place for me. My mentor, Dr. Anderson, has been really encouraging, and there are a lot of opportunities here to try different things.”

Making A Difference

UMD students impact our world through the work they do and the knowledge they pursue.

For example, UMD chemistry students are developing solar energy cells at a molecular level to mimic plant cells and Bulldog engineers are inventing tools to help protect U.S. soldiers in war zones.

Every year, hundreds of Swenson College students get involved in research on campus by partnering with our dedicated faculty. They work in campus labs, in forests, on lakes even in other states and countries to pursue new information. It’s one reason many of our students love it here - you don’t have to wait to dive into your field of study.