Original research is an integral part of undergraduate science education at Yale. Academic year and summer research opportunities bring classroom concepts to life and prepare Yale students for postgraduate training and careers in the sciences and engineering. With access to more than 800 faculty laboratories in 43 degree-granting programs in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Yale School of Medicine and Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale undergraduates perform research ranging from the observation of black holes to the development of the nervous system.
The YSER (Yale Science and Engineering Research) Program provides access to research opportunities via the YSER web site, YSER workshops and YSER-sponsored programs for the support of undergraduate research.
Yale provides a variety of programs tailored to the individual needs of students, ranging from interdepartmental programs such as STARS and Perspectives on Science and Engineering to departmentally-based programs and other opportunities to perform research in the laboratories of faculty throughout Yale University.
Perspectives on Science and Engineering is a yearlong course and summer program providing first year students with an introduction to contemporary scientific research and research opportunities.
STARS (Science, Technology and Research Scholars) provides selected first year students through seniors with an integrated experience that combines mentorship, academic support and original research.
Departmentally-based research programs provide a wide variety of research opportunities to students throughout their time at Yale. While many students perform research in conjunction with departmental major requirements, such research may alternatively be carried out in laboratories of faculty in other appropriate departments throughout Yale University.
More than fifteen individual fellowship programs are available for the support of undergraduate research.
Many student research projects are supported by individual faculty research grants.