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About Student Research


The University of Rochester—a top-tier research institution with a compact campus, flexible curriculum, and interdisciplinary focus—fosters unique opportunities for undergraduate research.

Research at Rochester isn’t limited to the sciences. Instead, we embrace a broad definition of research, one that also encompasses scholarship and creative activity, because we believe in the relentless pursuit of new knowledge, deeper inquiry, and radical imagination. That’s why you’ll find our undergraduate students working alongside their faculty mentors in a range of settings—from laboratories to libraries, hospitals to museums, archives to expeditions, town halls to recording studios.

UPDATE for Fall 2020: Allowed Research Activities for Undergraduate Students as of August 10, 2020.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the University is committed to providing safe and fulfilling research opportunities for undergraduates as long as they are compliant with all relevant safety restrictions. In the Fall 2020 semester, undergraduate students will be able to register for independent research (395 and other research-related courses) and serve as research assistants. For research conducted in laboratories, the principal investigator must have received approval from their home school to open the lab, and the student must follow all safety protocols outlined in the reopening plan. PIs should add undergraduate research assistants to any relevant safety protocols and research plans, and obtain approval from the appropriate chair or director. For research conducted outside labs, students must follow University social distancing and PPE guidelines for public spaces. Research conducted off-campus may have additional rules or regulations. Supervisors should contact their school dean's office with questions or concerns on specific situations.

Undergraduate students will continue to be able to use Research & Innovation Grants (RIGs) and Humanities RIGs (HRIGs) in Fall 2020 per the rules of these programs and subject to University and AS&E research guidelines.


Conducting research as an undergraduate student is an effective way to cultivate intellectual maturity while gaining academic and professional experience. Undergraduate research develops problem-solving skills and integrates classroom learning with real-world competencies. Some reasons to consider getting involved in undergraduate research are to:

  • Explore a passion
  • Help define your goals, interests, and potential career direction
  • Gain in-depth experience in a discipline or field
  • Contribute new knowledge about a topic that interests you
  • Develop problem-solving skills
  • Make professional connections
  • Gain real-world experience that helps your resume stand out

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Ready to jump in? Check out our general guide to getting started for tips on exploring your interests, marketing your strengths, and communicating professionally.


A professor helping a student.


Submit a Research Interest Profile to let us know that you're interested in talking research! We'll contact you with information about how to connect with campus advising resources. We will also email you any incoming information from faculty about open research positions.

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See the Campus Times' Research Rochester feature for examples of undergraduate research at Rochester, or check out conferences where you can share research of your own!

Other Areas to Explore

There are many ways you can gain valuable extracurricular experience, research or otherwise. We encourage you to explore our website and those of our colleagues below to learn more about what opportunities and supports are available on campus and what might be best suited for your interests and goals.