Research News at Pomona
53% of students worked with faculty on research, and 237 students conducted summer research projects in 2016-17.
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
- 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
Pomona College is a community of daring minds, and one of the ways Pomona offers these daring minds opportunities 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 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.
Students work on rigorous and fascinating research projects in the sciences, humanities and arts. They may join a faculty research project or pursue their own line of inquiry while being actively mentored by Pomona College faculty.
The summer is an excellent time for students to focus on experiential learning in libraries, laboratories and in the field for a sustained period of time. The lack of interruption from our usual college activities gives students and faculty the luxury of time and the opportunity to ponder great thoughts, plan intricate studies and disentangle the many variables that affect our scholarship/research.
SURP engages more than 200 students each summer. As a culmination of their efforts, students make a presentation of their work to the College community at the Pomona Summer Poster Conference each September and may apply for College support to present their project at a national conference.
While projects are rarely completed in the summer, they have laid the critical groundwork for continuing study. For many of our seniors, these projects often "morph" into senior theses. Research work may also result in co-authored articles in peer-reviewed journals.