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Research at Pomona

Professors and students work closely on research.
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Research at a Glance

Research with Professor Phil Choi

247: Summer Undergraduate Research Projects in 2012

64%: Faculty who are currently working with one or more students on research projects

Recent publications that featured papers co-authored by faculty and students:

  • Hydrobiologia: The International Journal of Aquatic Sciences
  • Linear Algebra and its Applications
  • Journal of Organic Chemistry
  • Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society
  • Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports
  • Geology
  • Journal of Physical Chemistry
  • Geosphere

Recent association conferences and meetings where students and recent alumni presented research:

  • Society for Research in Child Development
  • Experimental Psycholinguistics Conference
  • Geological Society of America
  • Linguistic Society of America
  • Pacific Seabird Group
  • Lunar and Planetary Science Conference
  • International Studies Association
  • Association for Psychological Science

SURP Videos

Computer science and biology double major Parth Patel is one of many Pomona students who discuss their research in these videos from Pomona's annual SURP poster conference.


Pomona is a community of daring minds. It is a place for students who are venturesome by choice, who have talent, passion, and independence of spirit, and who are prepared to dream big and work hard in order to make a difference in the world.

One way that Pomona College provides opportunities for students to excel is through research opportunities. Conducting research as an undergraduate not only gives students an advantage when applying for fellowships or graduate school; it also gives them a chance to tackle real-world problems and to find out what it’s like to be treated as colleagues by their professors, many of whom are the leading experts in their fields.

Students have the opportunity to work side-by-side with professors in deeply engaging research in the classroom, in world-class facilities and in the field, both during the academic year and in the summers through our Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP). Students may also pursue their own independent projects. Students regularly present with professors at conferences and have been featured as co-authors on papers in peer-reviewed journals.

SURP enables students to conduct extended, focused research in close cooperation with a Pomona faculty member as a research assistant or delve into an independent research project, on or off campus. Projects generally range across all disciplines, from the humanities and the natural sciences to social sciences and interdisciplinary fields. The Claremont Consortium of colleges also offers extended possibilities for research with professors and students at the other colleges. Students sometimes work on projects for multiple summers, and often their summer research experience fuels their senior thesis project.

The College supports students’ SURP work with research funds of up to $4,000 each for the summer project. As a culmination of their efforts, students present their summer research to the College community at the Annual Fall Poster Conference. In addition, students with particularly meritorious projects may apply for College support to present their results at a national conference.

Recent SURP Research Topics

  • Anthropology - Effects of Environmental Change and Land Use Policies on Taiwanese Aboriginal Groups
  • Art and Art History - Expanding the Possibilities of Material Transformation Through Alternative Surfaces, Media and Processes
  • Biology - A Chemical Genomic Approach to Studying the Cellular Pathways Involved in Response to Platinum-Based Anticancer Drugs
  • Chemistry - Characterizing Trace Element Profiles in Coffee Samples Using Wavelength-Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence
  • Computer Science - Impro-Visor: Audio Input and Style Recognition
  • Economics - Does Aggregate Loan Growth Predict Future Performance of the Financial Sector?
  • English - Figuratively Speaking: Printed Marginalia in Early English Texts
  • Geology - Mud and Microbes in the Salton Sea Geothermal Field
  • History - De Facto, De Jure and Denial: Segregation in the Los Angeles Unified School District, 1940-1980
  • Linguistics and Cognitive Science - "Eve Eat Dust Mop": Measuring Syntactic Development in Child Language 
  • Molecular Biology - Recreating the Corneal Extracellular Matrix: The Effects of Material and Alignment on Corneal Fibroblasts 
  • Neuroscience - Comparing Neurofibrillary Tangles in Alzheimer's Disease and Progressive Supranuclear Palsy
  • Physics and Astronomy - High-Resolution Spatial Mapping of Thin-Film Photovoltaic Cells
  • Politics - Shifting Grounds for African Secessionism?
  • Psychology - Substance-Abusing Women on the Struggles of Motherhood: A Thematic Analysis
  • Public Policy Analysis - Medicaid Reform in Oregon -- Local Coordinated Care Success
  • Religous Studies - Opening the Mind's Eye: Visual Stimuli in Tibetan Buddhist Meditation
  • Sociology - The Nigerian Beauty Pageant Industry