My first engineering course at Bucknell was Engineering 100: Trash to Cash with Professor Higgins. He taught us about his research feeding food waste to microbes. Those microbes turn the waste into energy, heat and nutrient-filled compost. I enjoyed the topic so much that I spent part of my first winter break helping Professor Higgins in the lab. I plan to attend graduate school and study water management and resources. I also want to use my engineering background to help women create innovative ideas to bridge the gap between genders — Mona Mohammed '15, civil engineering
Undergraduate research at Bucknell allows students to pursue meaningful scholarly work with faculty mentors in any academic discipline — on a level usually reserved for graduate students.
This opportunity to carry out sophisticated research deepens students' understanding of their field and hones critical-thinking skills. It also distinguishes Bucknell from many other liberal arts institutions and appeals to the nation's best students and faculty.
Our undergraduate researchers shine. One junior gave such an impressive presentation at a Rutgers Statistical Mechanics Conference that she was mistaken for a graduate student. Others have studied spider silk, presented term papers in Ireland and interviewed Holocaust survivors.
Your gift of $5,000 will provide a student with a full-time summer research opportunity or support during one academic year. Donors are invited to attend the annual Kalman Research Symposium, a campus event where students present the results of their research projects.
More about our undergraduate research programs
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