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You'll be amazed by Dartmouth's research history and the opportunities available today. Did you know...
- the first medical x-ray was taken at Dartmouth?
- the BASIC computer programming language was developed here?
- the use of petroleum for energy was discovered here?
Today, Dartmouth undergraduates are integral participants in the creation of new knowledge. You can get involved in research from the moment you arrive on campus. You'll have many outlets to pursue your intellectual passion:
Professor Lisa Baldez explains how students pursue their intellectual and personal interests with the support of Dartmouth grants and through collaboration with faculty.
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Many professors rave about being able to include undergraduates in their research. With grants approaching $200 million a year, cutting-edge research is happening everywhere on campus. Though we're a small college, we're always pursuing big ideas.
For many Dartmouth students, participating in faculty research complements classroom learning. Professors rely on Dartmouth undergraduates in ways that might go to graduate students elsewhere. It's not unusual for an undergraduate to serve as a co-author on a faculty publication, for example. Dartmouth's program in International Relations has been ranked among the top ten in the nation, yet it's the only program on the list that is undergraduate-only. Students and professors alike thrive in this unique "university within a college."
Each year, Dartmouth students pursue more than 1,000 independent studies for academic course credit. Many students find that through individual research with their professors, they become colleagues and even friends.
Examples of student research projects:
- Earth Sciences: Computer Modeling of a Double-Disk Dynamo
- Economics: The Effect of Trade Liberalization on Living Standards and Welfare in Vietnam
- Engineering: Design Techniques for High-Frequency Inductor Windings
- Government: The Effects of Judge's Sex and Race on Judicial Decision Making on the US Court of Appeals
- History: The origins and growth of drive-in restaurants in the United States
- Microbiology: Identification of Mutants in Regulation of Sigma B, a Transcription Factor in Staphylococcus Aureus
- Philosophy: Ethics and the Internet
- Physiology: The Role of the Raphné Nucleus Abnormalities in Reducing CO2 Response in the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
- Psychological and Brain Sciences: Neurobiology and Spatial Cognition