College of Arts and Sciences

Undergraduate Research in Math & Natural Science

Academic Year Research Opportunities

Research for Academic Credit - Many students engage in faculty-mentored research for academic credit during their undergraduate career at Saint Joseph's University. This involves first identifying a faculty-mentor who is willing to work with you and has a project available. You can find a complete list of faculty members in the web sites for each department: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Mathematics, and Physics. You can then, with their permission, register for research as a course for the next semester. This carries the expectation of ca. 9 hours of work per week.

Honors Research - Students, whether or not they are in the University's Honors Program, can engage in Honors Research during their senior year. Given the requirements for applying for Honors Research, students need to begin exploring the process in the fall of their junior year. More information is available at the Honors Program website.

Research as a Volunteer - Many faculty allow students to work as a volunteer in their research group. This allows interested students to try out research without formally taking a course.

Work-Study Research Assistants - Students who are work-study eligible will be contacted by the Office of Financial Assistance. If you are work-study eligible, you can be employed as a research assistant for a faculty member. This may be somewhat different from research for credit or as a volunteer in that you may be required to do clerical work in addition to research activities, since the nature of this position is as an assistant.