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Undergraduate Research

Are you interested in research? We can help you find opportunities in the summer or during the school year. Do you want to find a long term project or just for a single semester? Research creates new knowledge and students in the Williams Honors College have unique opportunities to pursue undergraduate research both here at the University of Akron and through nationwide programs.


Campus Programs

  • The UA Libraries are holding a series of Research Workshops in Fall 2019 to help you successfully complete your honors thesis. Those with other research projects are welcome to attend..
    What: Eleven 60-minute and one 30-minute in-person sessions providing applied, practical examples and activities to search for the literature more effectively, identify research-worthy questions, and maximize your use of library resources and other tools.
    When: 4:00–5:00 p.m.
    Every Monday, January 27 – April 13
    Where: Jacobson Honors Common Room
  • Undergraduate Student Government (USG) has a new funding opportunity for undergraduate students to present research.The Undergraduate Research Grant program will reimburse travel expenses for undergraduate students to academic conferences. A faculty member or research advisor, and USG must authorize all travel by individual undergraduate students. Students will be eligible to receive $400 to attend a conference without presenting research, and $500 if they will be presenting research. All applications will be accepted from Jan. 15 to May 1 for travel throughout the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 academic years. Questions can be directed to
    Submit an application

National Programs

  • National Science FoundationResearch Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
    NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel.
    Search for an REU opportunity by subject
  • NASA Glenn Research Center
    "The NASA John H. Glenn Research Center's Office of Education (OE) supports the agency’s objective to advance the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and workforce pipeline by administering and offering educational programs at the international, national, regional, and local levels."
  • The Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships
    The Smithsonian Institute offers a large number of intern and fellowship programs at the world's preeminent museum system. Opportunities exist for students from a wide variety of disciplines and at all academic levels.
    Search for a research opportunity
  • Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute
    Undergraduate research opportunities are available in Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute laboratories. The number of laboratories with these opportunities varies throughout the year. Undergraduate students have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in laboratory techniques, and to explore careers in biomedical research.
    Find out more
  • Council on Undergraduate Research
    The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), founded in 1978, is an organization of individual, institutional, and affiliate members from around the world. CUR members share a focus on providing high-quality and collaborative undergraduate research, scholarly, and creative activity opportunities for faculty and students.