Research at BC

The Rare & Meaningful Experience of Undergraduate Research


Ask questions. Explore the possibilities. Start discovering the answers at Bridgewater College.

At BC, you’ll have unique opportunities for research as an undergraduate. You can perform research projects in partnership with a faculty mentor, either during the semester or the summer. It’s critical preparation for graduate school and a great way to apply what you’ve learned.

Research for Academic Credit

To receive credit for research or independent projects at Bridgewater, you’ll need to follow the requirements and register for one of the following:

  • Internship (480)
  • Independent Study (490)
  • Independent Research (491)
  • Honors Project (500)

See the current academic catalog and talk to your advisor for more details.

The Research Experience @Bridgewater

The Research Experience @Bridgewater is a donor-funded initiative providing support for teams of BC faculty and undergraduate students to spend the summer in collaborative research and creative, scholarly work in any discipline. Faculty members invite undergraduates to participate as a collaborator in their summer scholarly work. Students are provided with a stipend and free housing on campus during the course of the research.

See the application form for additional information.

Martin Science Research Institute

Through the Martin Science Research Institute, student and faculty teams receive up to $5,000 to conduct a summer research project in the natural sciences. A stipend and free housing on campus enables students to make their summer job one of research and exploration.

Our 2014 teams conducted research related to particle physics, biodegradable plastics and malaria infection. You never know what you might discover. You’ll be guided by faculty in an area they know well and have opportunities that go way beyond a typical class. Think what you might explore.

2014 Recipients and Projects:

  • Ibrahim AbuNada (Biology; with Dr. Stephen Baron), Use of Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction to Study the Regulation of Polyhydroxybutyrate Depolymerase Gene in Streptomyces sp. 5A
  • Sang Kim (Physics; with Dr. Deva O’Neil), Testing CP-odd Behavior of the Higgs Boson A0 in Two-Higgs-Doublet Model by Calculating the Decay Rate
  • Samantha Saylor (Biology; with Dr. Tracy Deem), Mechanism for Malaria: A Look into the Possible Involvement of CD4+ and CD8+ T Cells, NKT Cells, and NK Cells, and Andrew Shepherd (Biology; with Dr. Tracy Deem), Malarial Antigen Presentation by Dendritic Cells in IL-3 KO Mice

The Institute is named for Dr. John W. Martin Jr., who taught in the chemistry department from 1961 until his retirement in 1985 and was one of Bridgewater College's most beloved professors.

See the application form for additional details on the process.

Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (VFIC) Undergraduate Science Research Fellowship

The VFIC awards $2,000 for a supervised undergraduate summer research project in the sciences. Applications are typically due in March. Contact your advisor for additional information.

2014 Recipients and Projects:

  • Juliana Compton (Biology; with Dr. Moshe Khurgel), The Effect of Age on the Regenerative Processes of Axolotls
  • Christina Teter (Biology and Environmental Science; with Dr. Tamara Johnstone-Yellin), The Effect of Habitat Heterogeneity and Ungulate Browsing on Forest Conservation

Presentation and Publication

You might present your research at state and national conferences. Or publish your research as a paper in a prestigious publication. All as an undergraduate! Contact your department chair or academic advisor for opportunities in your field.

Faculty Research Opportunities

Find out more about the research opportunities for BC faculty.

Institutional Review Board

The Institutional Review Board reviews all research involving human participants conducted by faculty, staff and students.