Undergraduate research provides you direct experience with the methods and processes of inquiry of your discipline. The undergraduate research program at Bethel College is based on collaboration between students and faculty and between students and other students. All Bethel students have the opportunity, and are encouraged, to participate in at least one undergraduate research experience.
There are four ways to do this:
- Class-oriented projects provide an initial undergraduate research experience for students. You will work together with other students and the course instructor on shared research projects.
- Bethel College Study and Research Awards are granted, through a competitive process, for study and research to be done in the summer following the sophomore or junior year. You will collaborate with faculty on a topic of potential interest for your senior seminar, or that you might wish to pursue in graduate school.
- Directed study courses taken during the summer give you a chance to work on a collaborative research project with a faculty mentor. Typically, directed study courses are related to your major.
- Many students at Bethel College participate in a senior seminar course, in which each student works with a faculty member to develop and implement an original research project. Research topics may be related to summer research projects, internships, a culminating art show or performance, or other experiences.