Research & Work Opportunities
Swarthmore students conduct research within classes and seminars, as independent projects for academic credit, and in paid research positions during the academic year or over the summer.
Most students pursue research within the framework of a faculty member's area expertise or interest. Student research is supported by faculty grants, the Swarthmore Chapter of Sigma Xi, and College funds which include monies for student research provided by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Merck and endowed Biology Department funds. Students who want to participate in research should contact the faculty whose areas of expertise match their own interests. Some funds are also available for research conducted during the summer under the supervision of faculty at other institutions. Students must submit an application [pdf] to request financial support for research.
If the research you plan is wholly within a laboratory setting you should apply for an HHMI or Division award with the support of a faculty mentor. In either case, be sure to talk to a faculty member early in your planning, and watch this presentation by the biology faculty about research options on and off campus. Download the application for biology summer research awards here [pdf].