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Research and Internships

Dan Koenemann on how undergraduate research helped him win a prestigious Goldwater scholarship.

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Bringing learning to life

Hands-on learning is integral to a UVM education. On campus, a major medical center, college of medicine, and numerous research facilities offer extraordinary experience for undergraduates drawn to the health and biological sciences. The Vermont landscape instructs students passionate about the natural environment. Engagement in education, social service, legal, business and other enterprise is supported by UVM's partnerships with organizations throughout Burlington, the region and abroad. We offer undergraduates an array of learning-by-doing opportunities, including:

  • Undergraduate research (How to get involved: Students often gain access to research projects through a faculty mentors they get to know through courses. Additional undergraduate research initiatives exist to help students get involved with research at UVM.)
  • Service learning (How to get involved: UVM has an extensive service-learning program. Learn more from Community-University Partnerships & Service Learning (CUPS).)
  • Travel study (How to get involved: Learn about the various options for study abroad.)
  • Internships (How to get involved: Internship opportunities are often found through a student's academic department. In addition, Career Services can help.)

Representation of undergraduate research projects

UVM remains proud that undergrads are exposed to a level of research that only graduate students experience at most other universities. Recently, undergraduates have taken part in, and even spearheaded, the following types of exploration:

  • Astrocyte Damage and Niemann-Pick Type C Disease
  • Experimental Simulation of Bleeding in Reduced Gravity
  • Identifying Niche Markets for Vermont Agricultural Products
  • "Hidden Variability" in Genetic Algorithms
  • "Kids' Rule," a compilation of poems, stories and raps written by the King Street Youth creative writing club
  • Oral Traditions of the Navajo
  • Role of Scabrous in Neural Stem Cell Differentiation

Sampling of undergraduate internship employers

Students at UVM experience the thrill of enterprise and an association with the larger world by working for a wide range of U.S. and non-U.S. organizations:

  • Acadia National Park
  • American Red Cross
  • Bloomberg News
  • Boston Globe
  • Burton Snowboards
  • Cross Cultural Solutions (Peru, Ghana and Kazakhstan)
  • Dolphin Research Center
  • General Dynamics
  • IBM
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Mind Spring
  • National Writers Union
  • Senator Patrick Leahy's Office
  • Salomon Smith Barney
  • Staller Center for the Arts
  • Sun Microsystems
  • The Vatican
  • USA Today
  • Vermont Outdoor Magazine
  • Vermont District Attorney's Office

Last modified July 10 2013 01:38 PM