Real life.

New College students are able to roll up their sleeves and participate in major scientific research and outreach projects


Amazing research opportunities are common occurrences at New College and offer students real-world research experience from day one.

Novo Collegians win a raft of National Science Foundation and other prestigious federal grants for summer research. Our students have worked at the National Cancer Institute alongside some of the world’s leading scientists, studied astrophysics at the University of Michigan, conducted field work in historical archaeology, conducted physics research at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and interned in the primate enrichment program at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park.

These are just a few of the summer research projects that have engaged our ever-curious students during their “time off.”

Administered by the New College Alumnae/i Association, the Student Research and Travel Grant Program is available to New College students in support of their research (particularly thesis research), travel grants associated with tutorials and major projects, and support to present original work (posters or panel presentations) at professional conferences in an academic field. One student used a travel grant to study music and silence at a French monastery, where she sang three times a day in several languages and practiced silent prayer with 1,200 others.

If real-world, hands-on research is something you want in an undergraduate education, come to New College. You’ll be glad you did.

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Opportunities for discovery are limitless

Independent Study Project

During the four-week Interterm each January, students work one-on-one with their professor or in a small group on an independent study project.

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Senior Thesis Project

The Senior Thesis Project is something that binds all New College students and graduates since every New College student produces one.

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