The power of the St. Lawrence experience united Anuva Anannya ’22, Helen Eifert ’18, and Associate Professor and Chair of Geology Alexander K. Stewart in conducting award-winning research.
Research gives you the chance to dig deeper into your liberal arts coursework in order to test bold ideas and uncover answers to your biggest questions. At St. Lawrence, you’ll get to do it alongside passionate peers pursuing their own topics of interest and with the support of your professors as early as your first year.
Wherever your academic interests are—whether they are in the arts, sciences, humanities, or somewhere in between—there are research opportunities waiting for you and faculty mentors ready to help you make it happen.
You’re invested in your future and so are we. Thanks to faculty grant writers, generous Laurentian donors, and the support of several renowned foundations, we have funding available for students who want to undertake research and other experiential learning opportunities that pique their interest.
University Fellowship Program
Unleash your curiosities and spend a summer in Canton embarking on research that excites you. Our University Fellows conduct research alongside a faculty mentor and receive a $3,500 stipend and housing for eight weeks, where they live with other Fellows. Weekly barbecues with faculty mentors and other program participants are highlights of the summer.
Fellows then share their findings during a poster presentation event in the fall. Some Fellows, particularly seniors, continue their research throughout the year.
Tanner Fellowship Program
This fellowship is for students looking to enlarge their capacities to make a positive and creative mark on the world by enabling them to design and pursue educational experiences anywhere in the world during the summer months, January break or an academic semester. Funding can be used to directly support the project/educational experience (e.g. travel, lodging, etc.) or it may be used to replace summer earnings while the student pursues the particular project/educational experience.
Tanner Fellows give a public oral presentation the April after their fellowship as part of Festival Day.
Saints Start Challenge Grant
This grant, funded by the Mellon Foundation, enables rising juniors to undertake four-week research projects, as well as creative work, volunteer service, or internships, anywhere in the world. Projects involve reflection, mentoring, exploration, and community engagement, along with an opportunity to work closely with a professor or staff member.
Up to $2,750 may be requested to cover housing, supplies/materials, and income replacement. This program is part of the University’s Sophomore Success Initiative.
Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program
Students taking part in our CSTEP program, which aims to increase the number of historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged undergraduate and graduate students who complete pre-professional or professional education programs of study that lead to professional licensure and to careers in mathematics, science, technology, and health-related fields, conduct original research through a funded summer opportunity where they are mentored by faculty.
McNair Scholars Program
St. Lawrence is one of 200 colleges and universities to have a Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program, which is designed to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups who attain a Ph.D.
McNair Scholars at St. Lawrence get involved in multiple research-intensive experiences and are provided with extensive advising by faculty mentors. They receive grant-funded stipends for their research work and opportunities to visit graduate schools and attend professional conferences, as well as monetary assistance in support of program goals.
Liberal Arts Science Scholars Program
This program offers scholarships to domestic high-achieving, Pell-grant eligible students interested in pursuing STEM majors, outside of a pre-med track, including Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, Physics, Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Neuroscience, and Geology.
Students who apply for and are awarded a Liberal Arts Science Scholarship when they are accepted into St. Lawrence are provided with a fully-funded, mentored summer research experience.
Luce Undergraduate Research Scholar Program
Clare Boothe Luce Undergraduate Research Scholars are female U.S. citizens or permanent residents and are physical science majors who are selected to pursue research with faculty mentors, with the intent to motivate and prepare the scholars to apply for graduate study.
Each scholar receives a $3,750 stipend as well as funds for supplies and domestic travel with their faculty mentor to regional, national, and professional conferences to present research findings. Campus housing will be provided.
Scholars are also matched with successful females in their fields of interest through our top-ranked alumnae network.
St. Lawrence students are often awarded competitive fellowships. Faculty mentors, our Academic Advising team, and various staff are eager to help you find fellowships, scholarships, and grants, as well as navigate everything you need for a successful application.
Research at St. Lawrence
It’s easy to get involved in research projects or conduct your own. Start by asking your faculty advisor or another favorite professor.
Design your own project, team up with classmates, or partner with your professor
Pursue Experiential Learning
Between research, internships, volunteering, and off-campus study, your education here is something you do
#14 Best Science Lab Facilities
(The Princeton Review, 2020)
Students recently researched topics like:
- Clay-rich Landslides on Mars
- Documentary Songwriting for Multidimensional Justice
- Dental Habits Among Children
- Chemotherapy Agents
- Symmetry in Mathematics and Art
- Impacts of Food Deserts in Struggling Communities
“I ran my own lab with my own project as a senior. I got to present at conferences in Chicago, develop leadership skills, and mak discoveries in major disorders such as ASD, PTSD, and substance abuse.”
Festival Day at a Glance
Every year on a Friday in late April, we celebrate the academic and co-curricular endeavors of our students at Festival Day--a day without classes where students present their research and share creative works and performances with our community. What will you add to Festival Day?
Present what they’ve discovered through independent and collaborative research projects
250+ Oral and poster presentations
shared throughout the day
Serve as research mentors to Festival Day participants
Research From the Start
First-year students develop and hone their critical inquiry and research skills as part of their First-Year Seminar, which hosts a Research Exchange on Festival Day to highlight their work.
Recitals and Performances
Student Art Exhibitors
Emboldened by opportunities and professors, Brandon Moran ’19 used his research on immigration to spark conversations and empower others to share their experiences. After graduating, he pursued international affairs at Northeastern University.
Digging into Interests
From researching the phenomenology of interpersonal disagreement to exploring the fundamentals of plastic degradation, our students are embarking on important and relevant research. Check out a sample of their most recent projects.
Student Research Stories
Assistant Professor of Sociology Alanna Gillis and Alleigh Szabo ’24 successfully navigated their first years at St. Lawrence--an unprecedented 2020-21 academic year--by collaborating on a research project and then earning the opportunity to co-present their initial findings at the largest conference in the field of sociology.
When people ask me what I did last summer, I always like to start the conversation with “Well, I was a part-time organ farmer.” While this may sound a little strange, it accurately sums up the research that I was able to do—largely because of St. Lawrence’s Internship Fellowship Program.