“I’m not exactly sure what I want to do for grad school, but this allows me to experience one of the different subfields of physics and figure out what I like the most. To me, any subfield of physics is interesting.” – Sang Kim ’15
“I think it gives you a good perspective, different ways of thinking. It’s not just memorizing. You actually have a problem, and you have to figure out how to fix it. This didn’t work, so now we need to figure out something else before we can continue.”– Sam Saylor ’16
“I like the exposure to doing a more thorough research project. The laboratory techniques are really interesting. I’m getting to do all kinds of stuff that I would have to take completely different classes to learn, but I’m able to incorporate it all into this project. I try to learn as much as I can.” – Andrew Shepherd ’15
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.
To receive credit for research or independent projects at Bridgewater, you’ll need to follow the requirements and register for one of the following:
See the current academic catalog and talk to your advisor for more details.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Find out more about the research opportunities for BC faculty.
The Institutional Review Board reviews all research involving human participants conducted by faculty, staff and students.