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Undergraduate Research

Connect your ideas to real-world solutions through research – from your first days as a freshman and/or in your senior thesis.

Conduct cutting-edge research side-by-side with faculty and/or peers, contributing to research on topics such as concussions and mental illness – potentially becoming published as an undergraduate.

Gain direct experience with the methods and processes of inquiry within your discipline.

Showcase your research on-campus during the URICA symposium. Vie for a chance to present your research at national – and international – conferences. Submit your research for inclusion in the binational Marpeck Undergraduate Research Journal.

Distinguish yourself from others applying for jobs or graduate school with your experience – conducting research; presenting at and attending national conferences; learning from industry experts.

  • 100% of students have an opportunity to participate in at least one undergraduate research experience

How can I fund my undergraduate research?

Bethel grants Study and Research Awards of up to $1,000 through a competitive process, for study and research to be done in the summer following the sophomore or junior year.

You’ll collaborate with faculty on a topic of potential interest for your senior seminar, or that you might wish to pursue in graduate school.

Ways to conduct research at Bethel

Bethel’s undergraduate research program is based on collaboration between students and faculty and between students and other students. For a comprehensive list of undergraduate research conducted at Bethel, visit our undergraduate research database.

  • Class-oriented projects provide an initial undergraduate research experience for students. You’ll work together with other students and the course instructor on shared research projects.
  • Directed study gives you a chance to work on a collaborative research project with a faculty mentor. Typically, directed study courses are related to your major.
  • Senior Seminar pairs you 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.

Mission Statement

Bethel College prepares students for meaningful lives of work and service through faith formation, the liberal arts, and practical experience in career pathways.