“My summer experience taught me how to come up with a research question, figure out how to address it, and collect and process the correct data. Research, which had seemed so complicated to me, now seems a lot less overwhelming.” — Senior
Swarthmore offers many research opportunities in classes and seminars, as independent projects for academic credit, in paid positions during the academic year, and in funded projects over the summer.
Approximately two-thirds of Swarthmore students participate in research or independent creative projects with the mentorship of faculty members. It is also not uncommon for students to earn co-author credit with professors in peer-reviewed publications and present their research at academic conferences around the world. From the Peter van de Kamp Observatory to labs and archives across campus, research collaborations allow students to develop intellectual skills while deepening human understanding.