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Research Opportunities

Opportunities for undergraduates to conduct research in engineering, the applied sciences, and in related fields abound at Harvard. As part of your coursework, or perhaps as part of individual research opportunities working with professors, you will have the chance to undertake some extraordinary projects covering topics ranging from bioengineering to cryptography to environmental engineering.

Our dedicated undergraduate research facilities and Active Learning Labs also provide opportunities for students to engage in hands-on learning. We encourage undergraduates from all relevant concentrations to tackle projects during the academic year and/or over the summer.

Keep in mind, many students also pursue summer research at private companies and labs as well as at government institutions like the National Institutes of Health.

If you have any questions, please contact or stop by the Office of Academic Programs, located in the Science and Engineering Complex, Room 1.101, in Allston.

Working in a SEAS Lab

If you are interested in working in a faculty lab, visit the individual faculty or lab group sites and contact the faculty member directly.

Harvard-wide Opportunities

Program for Research in Science and Engineering (PRISE)

Program for Research in Science and Engineering (PRISE) is a 10-week summer residential community of undergraduates participating in research. Free on-campus housing to accepted participants.

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) offers summer research opportunities focused on materials research and nanoscale science and engineering. Accepted participants receive a stipend and housing on campus

Harvard College Office for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships

The Office for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships is designed to help Harvard College students navigate the broad array of institutional, domestic, and international research opportunities that are available to them, and to develop connections among stakeholders in the academic research landscape:  schools, academic departments, the housing communities, and student organizations.

Research through student employment at Harvard

Summer and term-time opportunities are available through the Student Employment Office.

Office of Career Services

The Office of Career Services (OCS) offers opportunities for students to conduct research in industry settings.

David Rockefeller International Experience Grants

David Rockefeller International Experience Grants fund significant international experiences, which may consist of an internship, service, research assistantship, or study abroad and should be  eight or more weeks in duration during the summer break.

The Harvard Undergraduate Research Journal (THURJ)

A biannual publication that promotes undergraduate science by publishing undergraduate research and highlighting relevant advancements in the scientific community of Harvard University.

Science Education Office

If you are interested in research, the Life Sciences Undergraduate Research Advisor, Dr. Anna Babakhanyan, can help you navigate the process of finding a research group.