Research can change your life

Research helps undergraduates discover which subjects interest them as scholars, allows them to gain the critical skills necessary to enter graduate school, and helps underscore the real-life applications of classroom teachings.

Why Research?

How to get involved

Find a mentor

Student Research Symposium

Resources for faculty

Summer Undergraduate Research Program



Video: Student research is transformative 



Student researchers

Chase Whittaker

Chase Whittaker, Class of 2018

Chase majored in political science and public health. During his time as undergraduate he conducted research in Zambia and subsequently set up a nonprofit to benefit underserved communities there and elsewhere. Learn more about Chase.

Katelyn Sileo

Katelyn Sileo, Ph.D

Katy is a 2017-18 public health doctoral graduate who spent a year conducting dissertation research in Uganda, looking at HIV in fishing communities. She is now a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University. Learn more about Katy.

Elena Arroyo and Madison Kennedy

Elena Arroyo and Madison Kennedy, Class of 2018

Elena and Madison were both undergraduates who took STEM seriously (physics and chemistry, respectively) and spent much of their undergraduate careers in the research lab. They are now both matriculating into the doctoral program of biological physics, structure and design at the University of Washington, Seattle. Learn more about Elena and Madison





Undergraduate Research in the News                                                                             

Higher Education and a Higher Purpose
A student researcher receives accolades after working with the SDSU Body Image, Sexuality and Health lab and other campus activities.

Italy, on Her Own Terms
A student designs her own research experience while studying abroad in Italy.

Lessons from the Research Lab, from California to Costa Rica

Several students conducted research throughout North America and shared their experiences.

Summer Research a Transformative Experience for Undergrads
SDSU is funded 70 students to conduct research with faculty mentors. "I love research," said one student.

Combining Research, Instruction and Prizes is All the Buzz

A recent SDSU undergraduate's research into California mosquito viruses won the inaugural Microbial Metagenomics Discovery Challenge. .

Student Research Team Finds Meaning in Work
A group of undergraduates spent two years conducting research and found the experience altered their education and career paths.

STEM Diversity Programs Put Undergrads on Research Path for Research Success
Two-thirds of SDSU undergraduates who receive National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships hail from two university programs aimed at increasing diversity in STEM research.