Research & Scholarship

A Buzz in the Lab

There’s a parasite contributing to bee colony collapse, and Nora McNamara-Bordewick ’20 is on the case. Last summer at Barnard, she studied cell biology and worked with a bee colony, doing original research with Professor Jonathan Snow as part of the Summer Research Institute.

Discovery is in Barnard’s DNA. Faculty members are conducting groundbreaking research in every discipline, using advanced technologies and traveling internationally to produce new knowledge. And because of Barnard’s teacher-scholar model, whatever your major, you’ll have opportunities to do faculty-mentored research and maybe even co-author an academic paper.

Research @ Barnard Is...

I came into Barnard not knowing a thing about research, but I’ve already noticed a huge difference in the way I think and approach problems that come up in the lab.

Christina Costeas ’18
Student Research

Get hands-on research experience working with faculty mentors on their projects, or through your own original investigation, in a rigorous, structured environment. Some research programs offer stipends and cover conference fees.

Students learn to design experiments on their own with close faculty guidance. And because they are working on faculty research projects, students are co-authors on any papers we publish.

Dina Merrer, associate professor of chemistry

Lots of study spaces, plenty of sunlight, oodles of outlets. The reviews are in for the Barnard Library’s new home, the Milstein Center for Teaching and Learning. The library specializes in gender studies and features friendly librarian advisors. Its most unique special collection: feminist zines.

Physics major Meera Desai ’19 is developing machine learning algorithms for observatory image analysis at Columbia University.