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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 arewhether they are in the arts, sciences, humanities, or somewhere in betweenthere 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.


Conduct Research

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

Students working a lab

#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

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?


Student researchers

Present what they’ve discovered through independent and collaborative research projects

Student doing poster presentation

250+ Oral and poster presentations

shared throughout the day



Serve as research mentors to Festival Day participants

Student giving presentation

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.

Students dancing on stage


Recitals and Performances

Staff member working with student on art project


Student Art Exhibitors

Student on national mall

Inspiring Change

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.