Research at Pomona

Yannai Kashtan with professor Janice Hudgins

Student research at Pomona

Jennifer Doudna '85 as student, in Nobel illustration, and flanked by Giselle De La Torre Pinedo '19 and Gurkaran Singh '19

Nobel Laureate Jennifer Doudna ’85 Forged Path for Pomona Students to Follow

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The Bernard Field Station is an 85-acre area of natural habititat near campus that serves as an outdoor laboratory.

The Bernard Field Station is an 85-acre area of natural habitat near campus that serves as an outdoor laboratory.

More than 50% of Pomona students work with faculty on research.

Pomona College offers many opportunities to learn, flourish and excel through research.

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 funded Summer Undergraduate Research Program. Students may also pursue their own independent projects.

Students present summer research at our annual poster conference and theses research at senior presentations. Pomona also assists with travel funding so students may present with professors at conferences. Students and recent alumni are often featured as co-authors on papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)

The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) enables students to conduct extended, focused research in close cooperation with a Pomona faculty member. Research projects, which receive funding from Pomona and from public and private foundations, take place both on campus and in the field across the U.S. and the globe.

Research at a Glance

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

  • Social Development
  • Journal of Youth and Adolescence
  • Journal of Chemical Education
  • PLOS One
  • Journal of Arid Environments
  • Journal of Experimental Biology
  • Numeracy
  • Journal of Humanistic Mathematics
  • Journal of Family Psychology

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

  • European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) Neural Control of Metabolism and Eating Behavior
  • International Conference on Self-Determination Theory
  • The Forum on Education Abroad
  • Annual Pacific Seabird Group
  • American Geophysical Union
  • The American Society for Cell Biology

Recent Summer Research Projects