A student doing lab research
Lab research in progress
There are numerous research opportunities for undergraduates at the University of Connecticut. Individualized majors have worked in a wide range of labs across campus, engaged in numerous faculty-sponsored research projects, and conducted their own research for their capstone papers and theses.

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) offers some useful advice on how to get started in research.

If you would like to obtain funding for your research, we highly recommend that you discuss the project with an advisor in OUR. Individualized majors have won various awards offered by OUR to fund supplies, travel, and other research project expenses. Below is a list of some of the funding opportunities provided by OUR:

  • IDEA Grant. “The UConn IDEA Grant provides an opportunity for students to engage in self-designed creative, innovative and original projects, including artistic endeavors, entrepreneurial ventures, research projects and service initiatives. The possibilities are endless.”
  • SHARE Award. “The SHARE program supports undergraduate research projects in the social sciences, humanities, and arts. SHARE is designed especially for students in the earlier stages of their college careers as a means of introducing students to research in their chosen field and of developing skills they will need for further research projects.”
  • SURF Award. “The UConn Summer Undergraduate Research Fund (SURF) supports University of Connecticut full-time undergraduate students in summer research or creative projects.”