If you want to make a research part of your undergraduate experience, you've come to the right university. Our faculty—your professors—are engaged in research that extends from solar flares to deep ocean trenches, from the Civil War history to the future of the American family, from global climate change to genome studies. Their work sheds light on old questions and opens up new branches of knowledge. It takes them around the state, across the nation, and around the world.
And they want you to join them.
Research opportunities at UNH
A great place to begin your exploration is the UNH Office of Research, Economic Engagement and Outreach. There you will find links to the major research institutes and centers at UNH.
The Carsey School of Public Policy
The Casey School is becoming a leading national center for policy research on youth, working families, and sustainable development in small cities and rural communities.
The McNair Scholars Program
This program supports undergraduates who wish to pursue research under the supervision of a faculty mentor, and to prepare for the challenges of applying to graduate school, passing exams, and finding financial support. It serves low-income students, first-generation university students, and those from racial or ethnic backgrounds traditionally under-represented in academia.
The New Hampshire Space Grant Consortium
is a collaboration of the University of New Hampshire, Dartmouth College, Plymouth State College, the Community College System of New Hampshire, BAE Systems, the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, and the Mount Washington Observatory. Through Space Grant, UNH undergraduates pursuing degrees in the earth sciences, engineering, physics and astronomy, natural resources, computer science, molecular biology, and education can apply for research internships.
The Shoals Marine Laboratory (SML)
The Shoals Marine Lab on Appledore Island off the coast of NH, is operated jointly by UNH and Cornell University. SML offers summer courses and internships in the areas of marine biology, underwater research, marine mammals, sustainable engineering, and more.
Research opportunities beyond UNH
The Institute for Broadening Participation (IBF)
The mission of the Institute for Broadening Participation is to increase diversity in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce. A listing of research opportunities and internships specifically for undergraduates may be found here.
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
The NEH is an independent federal agency that provides support to advance and disseminate knowledge in all of the disciplines of the humanities: history, literature, linguistics, archaeology, jurisprudence and the history, criticism and theory of the arts. The NEH offers summer internships through the NEH Pathways Internship Program.
The National Science Foundation (NSF)
The NSF maintains a listing of research opportunities that may be searched by discipline, research area, or location.
The Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOAR)
at the University of Colorado engages historically underrepresented communities in careers dedicated to the atmospheric and related sciences. It includes a ten-week summer component at the national Center for Atmospheric Research and other laboratories.
Study abroad and/or field studies programs with a research focus
- EcoQuest Education Foundation (in partnership with UNH)
- Lexia International
- Round River Conservation
- School for Field Studies
- School for International Training