Undergraduate research at Franklin College is mentored, self-directed work that enables individual students, small groups of students, or paired student-faculty teams to explore an issue of interest to them and communicate the results to others. The projects may involve inquiry, design, investigation, research, scholarship, discovery, application, writing and/or performance in varying degrees, according to the topic and discipline.
An undergraduate research project should consist of the following key elements:
- The identification of and acquisition of a disciplinary or interdisciplinary methodology.
- The setting out of a concrete investigative problem.
- The carrying out of the project.
- The dispersing or sharing of a new scholar’s discoveries with his or her peers and/or a public audience.
All students may apply for these grants:
- Students may apply for a stipend up to $500.
- Collaborating faculty may apply for a stipend up to $1000.
Students can apply for grants at the deadlines listed in the grant proposals at https://painter.franklincollege.edu/forms/academicaffairs/Undergraduate%20Research/
“It was really relaxing just to be out there in ecology mode every week, enjoying the outdoors and running with my own research project; it should be similar to what I’ll do a lot of in grad school.”
-Julie Evans ’10, Undergraduate Research Participant
"Engaging in research as an undergraduate student is a superb way to learn more about an area of interest, apply classroom knowledge and expand skills; it also adds something special to a student’s resume and provides great preparation for grad school."
-Dr. David Brailow, Vice President for Academic Affairs