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Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research

Bridgewater’s Undergraduate Research program provides extraordinary support for student research and creative work—advancing the university’s culture of scholarly excellence and helping students realize their professional goals. With guidance from faculty mentors, students may take advantage of the following opportunities:


  • Semester Grants:  We offer funds for project-related expenses, such as books, laboratory materials, interview and photography equipment, art supplies, and travel to field-research sites.
  • The Adrian Tinsley Program (ATP) for Undergraduate Research and Creative Work Summer Grants: ATP Summer Grants of $4,000 provide students with rewarding opportunities to conduct in-depth research or creative work for ten weeks in the summer.
  • Conference Travel Grants: Bridgewater students accepted to present their work at an academic conference are eligible for Conference Travel Grants that cover travel, lodging, meals, and conference registration fees up to $1,000.


  • Course-Embedded Research Grants for Full- and Part-Time Faculty: Up to $500 per course section for expenses related to an innovative research or creative assignment in which an entire class participates. (Eligible expenses include travel to an off-campus research site and supplies not covered by department budgets.)
  • Undergraduate Research Abroad Grants: Each Undergraduate Research Abroad Grant supports one faculty/librarian mentor and 2-4 undergraduate students for a 2-3 week research or creative project conducted outside the United States at one of Bridgewater State University's partner institutions.
  • Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Grant: A multidisciplinary team made up of 2-3 faculty/librarian mentors from different departments and 4-6 undergraduate students is funded for a 10-week, multidisciplinary research or creative project to be carried out by the team in the summer.


Campus Symposia and National Conferences

  • Bridgewater's Mid-Year Symposium, held the last week of fall-semester classes, features first- and second-year scholarly work, preparing students in their early semesters at the university to distinguish themselves academically.
  • The Student Research Symposium, conducted every April, serves as a showcase of outstanding student research, scholarship, and creative work.
  • National, regional, and local professional conferences: Students are encouraged to apply to present their scholarly efforts in every discipline at national, regional, and local conferences including the annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Travel, lodging, and meals are fully funded for Bridgewater student presenters.

The Undergraduate Review: A Journal of Student Research and Creative Work

The Undergraduate Review publishes Bridgewater student research and creative work recommended by faculty reviewers. This print and online journal disseminates excellent scholarship to the campus community and a national audience.

Students who participate in Undergraduate Research initiatives are outstanding candidates for graduate and professional school and for competitive career opportunities.

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.