Research Opportunities & Resources

Listed below are several programs that Barnard has coordinated and administers. The various academic departments are great resources for independent research opportunities. Be sure to consult their sites and meet with an advisor.

Beckman Scholars

Barnard is one of only 12 institutions receiving a Beckman Scholars Award from the Beckman Foundation. This scholarship provides exceptionally talented undergraduate scholars with meaningful research opportunities in Biology, Chemistry, or Neuroscience & Behavior. Each scholar will receive myriad resources, including generous stipends for two summers and a stipend during the intervening academic year. Scholars and mentors receive additional funds for supplies, publication costs, and travel to conferences. Faculty mentors will furnish hands-on guidance and support throughout.

Clare Boothe Luce Scholars

The CBL Program provides exceptionally talented undergraduate scholars with meaningful computational research opportunities in the physical sciences, pure & applied mathematics, and computer science.

Con Edison Internship Grant

Academic Success and Enrichment Programs, in collaboration with the Office of Career Development, sponsors an internship grant from Con Ed for summer research or internships in these fields: Education (Science and Math), Engineering, Environmental Science, Computer Science, Physical, Chemistry, Physics , Mathematics.

CSTEP Program

The Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) is a New York State funded program first introduced in 1986. Barnard’s CSTEP, funded by both New York State and Barnard, is an enrichment program designed  to foster students’ academic success in preparing for professional licensure or careers in the scientific, technical including social work, law, teaching or health-related fields.

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship

The Mellon Mays program provides opportunities for talented undergraduates to work with faculty mentors in research and other activities designed to encourage the pursuit of the PhD in the humanities and sciences. To redress the under-representation of minority groups on American college and university faculties, the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) program encourages students with a demonstrated commitment to racial diversity, to pursue academic careers.

Science Pathways Scholars Program - SP2

This program is a highly-selective four year program to support talented young women from Black, Native-American and Latina backgrounds and first generation college students, who convey strong interest in biology, chemistry, environmental science, physics/astronomy, or neuroscience.

Summer Research Institute

The SRI is a 10-week program for Barnard students to conduct scientific research. This is a rare opportunity for students to conduct original research with a faculty mentor. The program provides academic and skill-building experiences, lectures, social events and a capstone poster event at the summer’s end. SRI participants typically receive a stipend and the option to live in Barnard’s subsidized summer housing.

Learn more about the Summer Research Institute

Professional Associations and Conferences

Students are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities and resources that professional associations have to offer, including attending conferences in their chosen fields.

There is some funding available through the Tow Foundation Special Opportunities Fund.

Many of the academic departments offer guidance and recommendation as to which associations and conferences are best suited to students' needs.