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Undergraduate Research Education


The College offers a variety of opportunities for undergraduates to become involved in research. There are a variety of academic studies that show students who participate in undergraduate research experiences maintain higher GPA’s. Further, undergraduate research can help expand a student’s horizons and help prepare them for graduate or professional schools.

Generally, an undergraduate should determine what area of research they are most passionate about, then contact faculty members in that area to determine if they can work for research credit in their labs. Please visit our Academic Department home pages to learn more about these opportunities in the College of Health Sciences.

In addition, there are a variety of University of Delaware sponsored undergraduate research programs designed to foster research training for students in many departments, across campus.

First Step Program – Sponsored by the College of Health Sciences, this independent study program encourages individuals or teams to address current health care challenges. The results can be a resource, a device, a webpage, an invention, or even a small business. The program is competitive, offers (20) $500 stipends to start and the top three projects receive a cash prize at the end of the academic year.

NUCLEUS – The Network of Undergraduate Collaborative Learning Experiences for Underrepresented Scholars (NUCLEUS) Program in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Delaware is an undergraduate academic service support program that helps the university recruit, retain, and graduate academically talented students. With an emphasis on targeting students from under-served groups.

McNairs Scholars Program – One of eight federally funded TRIO Programs, the Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program (the McNair Scholars Program) offers effective preparation for doctoral study to low-income, first-generation college students and students from groups underrepresented in graduate education. McNair Scholars participate in extensive undergraduate research internships in their field of interest.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Scholars Program – These programs seek to encourage student’s interest in science, prepare them for science-related careers, and increase science literacy among all students, including non-science majors. There is a strong focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

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