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Research Opportunities

Original research drives UChicago’s mission. With access to world-renowned faculty, over 160 research committees and institutions, recognized student organizations, externships, internships, and discussion-based seminars, UChicago students have almost unlimited options to put their study into practice. Over 80 percent of undergraduate students choose to engage in research.

Photo of the William Eckhardt Research Center
The William Eckhardt Research Center is home to the Institute for Molecular Engineering, the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, and the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics.

Opportunities abound

UChicago students have access to over 160 research centers and committees, six libraries within the University of Chicago Library system with over 11 million volumes, three museums (including the Oriental Institute), and dozens of opportunities for study abroad, mentoring, advising, and other support. The University receives over $450 million in sponsored research awards annually and has filed thousands of patents in the past few decades. Undergraduates are invited to take part in these projects through classes, workshops, research opportunities, and internships. 

RESOURCES FOR RESEARCH

More than two dozen departments provide research grants for undergraduates. “Research Assistant needed” is a common sight on department bulletin boards. The College encourages faculty and student collaboration through hundreds of fellowshipsresearch opportunities, and grants every year. Funding for research is also available through such avenues as the Summer International Travel Grants.

Photo of the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts
In 2013, the University of Chicago and the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts formed an affiliation to strengthen research and education.

LABS, CENTERS, AND INSTITUTES

The University of Chicago is one of only two universities in the nation to manage two national labs—Argonne National Laboratory and Fermilab . Other research institutes include the Marine Biological Laboratory, the Institute for Molecular Engineering, the Institute for Biophysical Dynamics (linking physical and biological sciences) at the new Gordon Center for Integrative Science, the Milton Friedman Institute for Research in Economics, and the Urban Education Institute. Other centers include the Human Rights Program, the Becker Center on Chicago Price Theory, the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion, and the Enrico Fermi Institute.

Additionally, the Gwen and Jules Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery provides lab space for the Division of the Biological Sciences, the Cancer Research Center, and the Institute for Pediatric Molecular Sciences, devoted exclusively to improving children’s health by conducting team-based research on how genes influence disease. The Institute introduces an entirely new model of research that pulls from genomics, biophysics, physiology, and clinical studies to develop more effective treatments for pediatric diseases. The Biological Sciences Learning Center is a unique, high-tech “one-room schoolhouse” for teaching and research in biology, housing classrooms, labs, offices, and educational facilities for undergraduate and graduate students and faculty in all levels of biology and medicine.

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