Research Opportunities

With more than 800 science and engineering faculty in over 40 degree-granting programs, Yale University offers a remarkably diverse array of research opportunities. In addition to the many opportunities in Yale College, undergraduates enjoy access to the research laboratories of faculty in Yale’s graduate and professional degree-granting programs in the Yale School of Medicine and Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.


Many Yale science and engineering departments include research as an integral part of the course of study, and students will find departmental faculty research programs an invaluable resource. While students will often pursue research within the department of their major, either summer or academic year research may also be conducted in the laboratories of faculty in other Faculty of Arts and Sciences departments or in departments of Yale Professional Schools. The links below provide access to descriptions of research opportunities in departments and programs of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Professional Schools; either the linked undergraduate program description or the departmental home page will normally provide links to faculty research descriptions. A good place to start the search for a research opportunity is the YURA Research Database; a comprehensive directory of Yale faculty research across all disciplines:

Click here for a guide to finding a faculty mentor for your summer research.

Faculty of Arts and Sciences Departments and Programs
Undergraduate Research in Yale University Professional Schools

While Yale University Professional Schools do not offer undergraduate majors, many undergraduates find appropriate research opportunities with any of the hundreds of professional school faculty performing basic scientific research.

Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology major Yan Qi reviews Western blot data in the laboratory of her faculty mentor, Professor of Neurobiology Pasko Rakic.

Faculty Research Grants and Support for Undergraduate Research

A substantial proportion of undergraduate research at Yale University is supported by faculty research grants. Each year, external faculty research grants contribute to the support of the research of more than three hundred Yale undergraduates. Depending on the nature of the research project and availability of funds, a faculty mentor may also be able to provide a stipend from grant funds. Undergraduates and faculty are reminded that many granting agencies provide supplements specifically for the support of undergraduate research projects. Instructions on obtaining supplements may be found on the web sites of the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation (NIH Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research; NSF REU Supplements).