Undergraduate Program | Research
Independent Senior Research Project
All majors undertake an independent senior research project under the direct supervision of a faculty member. In recent years, undergraduates have analyzed data from the Hubble Space Telescope and other space based observatories, travelled to Chile and Puerto Rico to perform observations with the world's finest ground based instruments, and performed theoretical calculations with NASA supercomputers. Projects of publishable quality are the rule, not the exception. For senior project guidelines, please click here.
Summer Research Opportunities
Most undergraduate students take advantage of at least one of their summers during their time at Yale in order to do research, either in an external REU or similar program (for more information, please see Summer Program Opportunities) or working closely with faculty at Yale.
Research Fellowships and Prizes at Yale
There are several research fellowships and grants available at Yale for undergraduates, especially for summer programs. Yale also awards prizes each year to undergraduates who excel in various disciplines.
The astronomy department also hosts the Dorrit Hoffleit Undergraduate Astronomy Research Scholarship at Yale, to which undergraduate students from around the world can apply for summer research.
Image Credits: (header) Carolin Cardamone; (left) NASA/JPL-Caltech/ NOAO/AURA/NSF