How will you learn research skills at Amherst? By doing hands-on work in close collaboration with faculty and with other students, either one-on-one or in small teams. Opportunities to engage in research begin during the first year and often culminate in an honors thesis during the student’s final year. Students receive funding to perform their work and, in many cases, to travel to research sites around the world.

A lot of the times when I’m meeting with my professor, we don’t know what the next step is. We’re working together to ask, ‘Alright, what’s been done before? And what can we do now?’ So it’s cutting-edge thinking … it’s learning how to ask the next questions that nobody’s really asked before, instead of learning from a syllabus.”
— Eric Jung ’21, biology major


The number of rising sophomores and juniors who participated in science research over the summer of 2020 with faculty across 12 different academic fields, in the SURF summer science program.


The number of students who received funding through the Academic Internships program to conduct research during the summer of 2020. Another 100 students will receive funding each semester during the academic year.


In 2020, 77 seniors in 29 fields conducted research toward a senior thesis under the guidance of a faculty member, with the support of the College.


spent $1,500,985 to fund student-faculty research in 2020.

Research Opportunities

  • offers a broad array of research programs across STEM fields, social sciences and the humanities. Browse our many opportunities below.
  • Learn about the different kinds of research, why research experience is valuable and how to find opportunities that are right for you in Frequently Asked Questions About Research at Amherst.

Celebrating Student Research: The Schupf Fellows’ Poster Session

Students, faculty and staff interact at the Schupf Summer Research poster session.
Zane Khiry ’25 discusses his research with Olufemi Vaughan, chair of Black studies (right).

September 15, 2023

During a poster session, student researchers were on hand to discuss their arts, humanities, and social sciences research and reflect on their Schupf Fellows program experience.

microphone with spotlights in background

Three-Minute Talks

Watch a Three-Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition, plus talks compiled by the STEM Network on topics ranging from distorted symbols at a German rock concert to climate shifts during the Holocene—all boiled down to three minutes.

After Graduation

The Post-Baccalaureate Coursework Option supports up to three graduates to return to for one or two semesters, in order to boost their proficiency in science, complete science requirements for medical school, and take additional math and science courses as needed.

The Folger Humanities Fellowship provides an graduate with nine months of professional development at two world-class institutions—the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection. 

See our post-grad outcomes: Each year, the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning conducts a survey asking graduates about their first career steps beyond Amherst.