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Undergraduate Research

Over 1300 students present their work each year at one of the campus symposia.

Bridgewater’s Undergraduate Research program provides extraordinary support for student research and creative work in all majors—advancing the university’s culture of scholarly excellence and helping students realize their professional goals.

What is Undergraduate Research?

Undergraduate Research is an inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student, in collaboration with a faculty mentor, that makes an original, intellectual, or creative contribution to the discipline. It includes the scholarly work from any academic field, and can take several different forms:

  • Assisting and collaborating with professors on their research/scholarship
  • Course research assignments that go beyond traditional research papers and projects - such as by including a presentation of the results at a campus symposium
  • Honors theses and Honors contracts that include original research
  • Capstones, senior projects, and directed-study projects that require independent scholarly work
  • Original student projects guided by faculty, including grant-funded summer research

To learn more about undergraduate research at Bridgewater State, please contact the director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, Dr. Jenny Shanahan at or at 508-531-2764.