Two students and a professor in a lab.

Get Curious, Get Going

In many universities, undergraduate students are barred from conducting research until their junior or senior year. At UB, every student—from freshman to doctoral candidate—can get involved with the cutting-edge research happening every day.

Project Examples

Research projects take students from the tiniest specimen under the microscope to the highest peaks of the Eastern Alps, and everywhere in between. Examples of past College research projects include:

  • Dating Greenland Ice Sheet Margin Changes (Jason Briner, Geological Sciences)
  • Examining Influence of Google on U.S. Politics (Ivan Dylko, Communication)
  • Marine Mammal Metagenomics (Charlotte Lindqvist, Biological Sciences)
  • Tracing Ancient Literary History: The Tesserae Project (Neil Coffee, Classics)
  • Experimental Condensed Matter Physics (John Cerne, Physics)
  • The Effects of Graphic Design on Socioeconomic Status (Renee Ruffino, Art)
  • Metal Complex Interactions with DNA and RNA (Janet R. Morrow, Chemistry)
  • Urban Socialism in China in the 1950s (Kristin Stapleton, History)
Jason Briner's students in Greenland.

Jason Briner's students awaiting helicopter transport in Greenland.

Don't forget to contact your academic department to inquire about additional research and funding opportunities.

Find a Research Opportunity

Faculty members are always conducting research. A good first step is to learn more about your department's faculty research projects, either by reading faculty bios or asking in person. Once you've discovered a project that interests you, contact your department or the professor directly to find out how you can become involved. You can also learn about past and ongoing research activities through the Center for Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities (CURCA).

Funding Your Research

Through the support of the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, CURCA is also pleased to offer undergraduate students the opportunity to apply for Undergraduate Research Awards. Awards are granted to University at Buffalo undergraduate students who exhibit a need for funding to perform meaningful research and/or creative activities during their undergraduate enrollment at UB. Award applications will be reviewed by a team of UB faculty and staff that will give consideration to applications that show a true need for financial support to purchase supplies, attend conferences and more!