Undergraduate Research


The best research often leads to new and unexpected questions.

A student carefully writes data in a log book while reviewing data at a computer.
Oberlin students were instrumental to an ongoing research project using optical magnetometers to search for dark matter as a part of the Global Network of Optical Magnetometers for Exotic Physics (GNOME) collaboration.
Photo credit: Dustin Franz

It puts into practice all that you’ve learned in your classes while adding important skills and experiences. Original research means learning from trial and error, moving past early mistakes, and developing a strong intuition for your chosen subject. Whether you embark on an independent project or a collaboration, an undergraduate research experience cultivates a range of qualities, from self-reliance and resilience to teamwork and effective communication. 

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