One distinct advantage that Colgate holds over larger universities is that faculty, rather than graduate students, teach all courses. When it comes to research, the advantage becomes even more pronounced, as faculty in all departments and programs closely engage students in research projects – sometimes as early as sophomore year.
By the time they are seniors, it is not unusual for motivated students to have presented work at conferences or even to have co-authored papers in academic journals.
All departments offer senior seminars and the opportunity for the most outstanding students to engage in honors research. Science departments in particular expect all majors to engage in laboratory or field-based research with a faculty member.
In addition to research within the curriculum, Colgate also offers a vibrant summer research program. Every summer, about 100 students receive paid summer research fellowships. These fellowships allow students to work closely with faculty for eight to ten weeks on projects of common interest.
For more information on research opportunities, we encourage you to explore the department pages
that interest you. For a discussion of research opportunities between semesters, please visit the summer undergraduate research program page.