Research opportunities here rival those found in graduate schools, as faculty invite students into their ongoing research and support student-directed research projects. We’re committed to developing disciplined, engaged scientists across a wide range of identities and backgrounds, because we believe that promoting diversity in scholarship yields more relevant and impactful discoveries.
Our Office of Undergraduate Research, top-notch facilities, rich mentoring relationships, and relevant internships and fellowships will complement your research opportunities and experiences.
STRONG Pre-First-Year Program
We created the Science and Technology Research Opportunities for a New Generation (STRONG) program to help underserved populations get their chance to change the world. Oberlin first-year students come to campus in the summer to participate in innovative research with Oberlin professors and meet other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students. STRONG supports talented STEM students who are women, Pell-eligible, students of color, and or first-generation college students. With limited spots, this program is not only free, but also paid.
Office of Undergraduate Research
The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) assists students who are conducting faculty-mentored research at Oberlin. With strong intellectual and administrative support, you’ll learn how to embrace a life of inquiry.
Oberlin faculty are active scholars, writing books on important issues, publishing articles in leading journals, presenting at the premier conferences in their field. They then bring their findings back to the classroom, enriching class discussion with the most current and relevant insights—and in many cases, Oberlin students work as researchers alongside them.
You need the right tools to advance history, and you’ll have access to them at Oberlin. Whether your focus is sustainability or immunology, physics or planets, we’ve got a resource right here on campus. As inevitable challenges come up in your research, you’ll benefit and learn from our knowledgeable faculty mentors and staff.
Discover our facilities:
- Science Center
- Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies
- Social Science Data Lab
- Observatory and Taylor Planetarium