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Undergraduate Research

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Eastern students conduct research in every major. Unlike at larger institutions, where faculty-mentored research is chiefly conducted by graduate students, Eastern students can start conducting professional research as early as their freshman year. Research projects can be team-based and part of a class or conducted as independent study. Students also have a host of presentation and publication opportunities to share their research and learn valuable professional/academic skills in the process. Faculty mentors in each academic department support student researchers, with overall coordination provided by the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity.

Presenting Your Research

Poster on the hill

Posters on the Hill

This annual research conference at the U.S. Capitol brings together undergraduate students representing their states. Eastern students have presented their research at Posters on the Hill and represented Connecticut the past six straight years and eight of the past 13.

NCUR

NCUR

Hundreds of students from across America attend the annual National Conference for Undergraduate Research.  In recent years, Eastern has sent twice as many students as all the other colleges in Connecticut combined. In 2019, Eastern was the top school in New England!

CREATE

CREATE

Each year at the on-campus Celebrating Research Excellence and Artistic Talent at Eastern conference, more than 300 students from all majors present their research, showcase their artwork, perform on stage and share their research and creative talents with the community.

Student Researchers Tell Us....

American Society of Plant Biologists

American Society of Plant Biologists

Biology major Roshani Budhathoki was awarded a summer undergraduate research fellowship from the American Society of Plant Biologists. “This fellowship will help me continue my proposed research — it's a wonderful opportunity to gain research experience and hands-on training while I am preparing to apply for graduate schools.”

3-D Modeling

3-D Modeling

EES Major Ryan Cueto uses images from Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill to recreate dinosaur tracks in using image-modeling software. “I think that the staff here genuinely cares about the success of their students. I am grateful that I can take advantage of the opportunities that Eastern offers.”

Posters on the Hill

Posters on the Hill

Political Science and Economics major Kayla Giordano ’17 presented her political research at the Council on Undergraduate Research’s competitive Posters on the Hill conference. “My research was on negative advertising in political campaigns, so being able to present in our nation's capital was such a great ending to a project I've been working on for two years.”

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“Students who conduct undergraduate research get better grades, stay in school and graduate at higher rates, and set themselves up for success in graduate school and professional careers.”

Professor Carlos Escoto, Coordinator
Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity

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State-of-the-Art Technology

Motion Capture

Motion Capture

Confocal Microscope

Confocal Microscope

3D Printing

3D Printing

3D Projection in Thread City

3D Projection in Thread City

Digital History

Digital History

Virtual Dissection

Virtual Dissection

For more information:
escotoe@easternct.edu or (860) 465-0263