Independent Research

No matter what you are interested in studying, you have many opportunities to conduct original research as an undergraduate in the College of Arts and Letters—and the funding and support to make it happen.

You can apply for funding for your project from a variety of Notre Dame centers, institutes, and programs, including the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program in the College's Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts. Every year, Arts and Letters students receive more than $250,000 in UROP grants alone.

And it's never to early to begin exploring your ideas. The University's Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement has the resources to help you get started on your research — from choosing a topic, to connecting with a faculty adviser, to securing funding.

What kind of research projects can undergraduates do? Hear directly from recent students about their senior thesis projects and view student scholarly and creative publications.


Kyle Dougher

"It was a incredibly valuable for me to do independent research as an undergraduate. Very quickly, the project feels less like an assignment and more like a puzzle to be solved. You begin to get excited to see how other researchers tackled similar problem and how their insight can help you." 

—Kyle Dougher '15
Associate, L.E.K. Consulting in Boston
Economics Major
Undergraduate Research Assistant for the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities