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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 first 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.

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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.

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COPLAC conference

COPLAC conference

Eastern will play virtual host to students from nine public liberal arts colleges on Nov. 7 for COPLAC's annual Northeast regional conference. Students have worked hard preparing research and creative works for this competitive meeting, modified for the pandemic.

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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

Student Researchers Tell Us...

Sumah Confer ’20
Behavior Technician

Sumah Confer ’20

Psychology major Sumah Confer ’20 is a registered behavior technician at a children’s hospital in Virginia. She was the lead researcher on a published article that analyzes anti-vaccination practices and offers strategies to encourage vaccination among vaccine-hesitant groups. The faculty-supported project was published in the journal “Behavior and Social Issues” by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI).

Kate Arildsen ’22
American Society of Plant Biologists

Kate Arildsen ’22

Biology major Kate Arildsen ’22 presented research at the Virtual Worldwide Summit of the American Society of Plant Biologists. Her research looks at a mutation of the legume "medicago truncatula,” which causes irregular pigmentation on the plant’s leaves. “By studying this irregularly pigmented mutant, we can help other scientists to create more nutritious fruits and vegetables.”

Catherine Falvey ’17
National Science Foundation

Catherine Falvey ’17

Mathematics and Economics major Catherine Falvey participated in a mathematics research project in California funded by the National Science Foundation. "I am honored to have been able to work under a NSF grant. I gained valuable research experience as well as insight into working on a team. It gave us an idea of the ups and downs that come with doing research."