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Undergraduate Research Program

The Undergraduate Research Program encompasses independent scholarly activity by students in the arts, humanities, and sciences. Driven by the many opportunities for interaction between students and faculty, undergraduate research at MCLA has expanded dramatically in recent years. The program supports students with independent study opportunities in many disciplines, small research/travel grants, the MCLA Scholar program, and a dynamic campus-wide conference for presenting their work.

Beyond the campus, MCLA is a proud member of COPLAC, the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges. In October 2013, MCLA hosted the regional COPLAC Undergraduate Research Conference; this year's conference will be held at Keene State College.

In addition to these opportunities, MCLA students also participate in the Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference, held each year in Amherst, and the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR); in April, the 2015 NCUR conferece will be hosted by Eastern Washington University.

For more information, click on the links on this page or contact Dr. Ann Billetz Director of Undergraduate Research.

MCLA Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) Information

Information on research/travel grants

MCLA Scholar

Registry of Undergraduate Researchers

2013-14 Undergraduate Research Advisory Board

"One of the great attributes of MCLA is the opportunity it  provides to work directly with professors, allowing students to gain hands-on experience running the gamut of scientific inquiry from research design to presenting findings at national conferences."

Brendan Gaesser '07,
Ph.D. Student at Harvard University