Undergraduate Research

Pioneering Discoveries by Students

While working with and learning from faculty at the forefront of some of today’s most exciting breakthroughs in all disciplines, Yale undergraduates have discovered new species, created new technologies, developed and patented new products, and co-authored original research.

1 Million

Funding for undergraduate science research fellowships in the most recent year.


Undergraduate science majors who do research with faculty.

In Recent News

A team of Yale juniors win $100,000 in a national competition for creating novel technology for improved healthcare delivery and Yale students’ trip to rainforest yields a new way to degrade plastic.


First-year students are awarded 100+ summer fellowships to do research.


Undergraduate science and engineering students win 200 summer fellowships per year.


Science, math, and engineering labs at Yale College and the graduate and professional schools.

The possibilities for research around the world are extensive. Many Yale students spend the summer following their junior year abroad doing research for a senior essay or thesis.

At Yale, the World is my Laboratory

Real Research in the First Year

First-year students can begin conducting original research by using a Yale College First-Year Summer Research Fellowship that provides support for a summer research experience in the sciences and/or engineering under the supervision of a Yale faculty member. More than 100 such fellowships are set aside for first-year students.

Diversity in the Sciences

Since 1995, Yale’s nationally recognized STARS (Science, Technology and Research Scholars) Program has promoted diversity in the sciences through mentoring, academic year study groups, and an original research-based summer program for students in their first and second years. Juniors and seniors have the opportunity to continue their research through the STARS II Program.

Particle Accelerators, Picassos, Pterodactyls

To inspire original research, Yalies have access to a staggering collection of unique resources including the world’s most powerful stand-alone particle accelerator, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Anlyan Center for Medical Research and Education, the Peabody Museum of Natural History, and the Yale Center for British Art.