09 Sep Kyle’s Summer Research Experience
Kyle FitzGerald says that he could have taken a summer job to get some extra cash for his first year on campus at Clarkson but chose research instead to hit the ground running.
The Honors Program offers unparalleled opportunities to conduct original research. Students must apply for research positions, but after you’re accepted, work begins as early as the summer before you matriculate at Clarkson. This is a key part of our five-week Pre-Frosh Summer Research Program. In any of the following summers, you can apply to the summer research program, doing up to 10 weeks of cutting-edge research in a Clarkson laboratory, or an independent project under the guidance of a faculty member in engineering, business, or arts and sciences. We strongly encourage students to leverage their Clarkson experiences and seek opportunities in national internship programs, such as the NSFs Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, and with organizations such as the EPA, Amgen and the DOE. Your research experience will culminate in a Honors thesis, a thesis of publishable quality conducted under individual supervision from a faculty mentor.
Imagine applying to graduate school or your first job with several summers of research or project experience, an original Honors thesis, and perhaps even a peer-reviewed publication or patent on your resume!
We say “research” because that is the general term for the work that we do in universities, but in addition to wearing lab coats and peering into microscopes, you can conduct surveys, develop a business plan, study science fiction, write a play or design a smart phone app! These are just some of the projects undertaken by current students.