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Student Research on a National Scale

Hamline students spend their time not just working for professors in research labs, but leading their own research through programs like Hamline’s Summer Collaborative Research program. In addition to contributing relevant data to their field, students have the chance to share their research on a national scale.


This spring, 38 Hamline students presented their findings at the 2018 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) at the University of Central Oklahoma. In the three day conference, students shared their research as posters, exhibitions, and oral presentations, and got to hear the top research from students across the country.

As the premier conference for cross disciplinary research among undergraduate students, NCUR annually hosts over 3oo colleges and universities that send student delegations. Hamline consistently places among the top schools in the number of students sponsored. Hamline applicants also get selected for the conference at a 92% acceptance rate above the 83% national average.

As the snow starts to melt and classes end, one opportunity for students to conduct research begins. The annual Summer Collaborative Research program starts in June every year, and is a chance for students to get paid to conduct research full time alongside a professor. The group of students also meet weekly to address challenges and opportunities in their projects.

In addition to Summer Collaborative Research, students have the opportunity to participate in the Departmental Honors Project program. Similar to the collaborative research, students lead the research with their faculty advisor. Students conduct research over the course of an academic year in place of a senior seminar.

Whether it is at the state capitol or through a national conference, there is no shortage of opportunities for Hamline students to show how they are taking the lead in research.