On the Dartmouth campus, the month of May marks the annual celebration of undergraduate research, scholarship, and creativity—activities that are integral to the Dartmouth experience. Undergraduate research projects engage the students' intellectual curiosity, address their thirst for discovery, and offer an outlet for their creativity.
Students and faculty participate in these interactive enterprises, which are designed to encourage critical thinking, problem-solving abilities, self-confidence, and intellectual independence.
In coming days, Dartmouth Now will profile undergraduate students engaged in research, scholarship, and creativity:
“Dartmouth offers a unique environment to foster undergraduate research and scholarship,” says President Phil Hanlon ’77. “On the one hand, there is research and innovation taking place here that rival, intellectually, the most compelling work being done at the largest research universities. Yet the close working relationships between students and faculty made possible by our small size allows undergraduates to engage in this research in a way simply unheard of on a much larger campus. It’s a rare opportunity elsewhere, but it’s a distinctive part of the Dartmouth education, and I am thrilled when we get a chance to celebrate this.”
The month's celebration includes a series of activities that highlight undergraduate research. The scheduled events aim to increase awareness of these undertakings, celebrate independent initiatives by students in collaboration with faculty, and encourage current students and prospective students to pursue new opportunities.
An informal poster session features undergraduate students and their research projects.