St. Mary’s Projects
The most popular undergraduate research opportunity, undertaken by approximately sixty percent of the student body, is the St. Mary’s Project – a culminating project of original research, scholarship or creative performance undertaken in the senior year.
Here are some recent examples of St. Mary’s projects:
- An anthropology project that traced the annual movements of the Piscataway Indians.
- An art history project that explored the advocacy role of landscape artists in the creation of the national parks system.
- A biology project that researched options for oyster restoration in the Chesapeake Bay.
- A chemistry project that analyzed the aromatic compounds in naval aviation jet fuel.
- An economics project that researched the effectiveness of microfinance measures in combating poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa.
- An English project that studied the portrayal of white liberals in civil rights era literature.
- A history project on the experience and appropriation of youth in early twentieth-century Zionism.
- A philosophy project that explored the role of suffering in a meaningful life.
- A political science project that assessed the importance of international intelligence cooperation in countering terrorism.
- A psychology project that studied the effects of pharmacological REM deprivation on spatial memory.
St. Mary’s Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF)
SURF is an eight-week summer program at St. Mary’s College in which students from a variety of disciplines work on self-chosen research topics with guidance from faculty mentors.
Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
The REU program is a six week research experience in mathematics available to sophomores and juniors.
Field research opportunities are available both locally and abroad.
"I want to go to medical school, so I was looking for a way to do research or to get involved in some type of experience that would be applicable to what eventually, I hope, will be my career. When I came across SURF (the St. Mary's Undergraduate Research Fellowship program), it seemed like a perfect idea to get experience by doing my own research. … I’ve learned more statistics this summer than ever before."
Caitlin Nickens ’14