Undergraduate Research

Hands-on, faculty-mentored undergraduate research is at the heart of a Union education.

  • You will work side-by-side with professors in impressive facilities, including the Integrated Science and Engineering Complex; aerogel, digital arts and rooftop energy labs; the Feigenbaum Center for Visual Arts; and the Henle Dance Pavilion.
  • You will have access to top-of-the-line scientific instruments.
  • You will experience firsthand the processes of scholarly exploration and discovery.
  • You will learn how to conduct original research through the Sophomore Research Seminar.
  • You may also co-author papers with faculty and present at national conferences.
  • You will be well prepared for graduate school and today's competitive job market.
Two Union students conducting research

80% of students complete a faculty-mentored senior thesis or capstone project, and many present this work at our annual Steinmetz Symposium research showcase.

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The Steinmetz Symposium

During the annual Steinmetz Symposium in May, more than 500 students show off their work and creativity before faculty, family and friends. This event includes oral and poster presentations, art exhibits, a film festival, music and dance concerts, and STEM demonstrations. This all-campus research showcase has been a staple of the Union curriculum since 1991.