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Pomona College    
  Jan 23, 2018
2017-2018 Pomona College Catalog

Special Programs and Opportunities

Research Opportunities

The College encourages the active participation of students in research projects working closely with faculty and/or working on their own independent projects. A number of talented students are able to gain valuable inquiry, library, laboratory and/or field experience while working with professors or independently on research projects during the academic year and the summer break. Student research participation is made possible through external grants obtained by individual faculty members, support to the College from outside funding sources, and College-supported grants.

The Summer Undergraduate Research Program, or  “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 range across all disciplines.

The College supports students’ SURP work with research funds of up to $4,400 each for the summer project. As a culmination of their efforts, students make a presentation of their summer research endeavors to the College community at the Intensive Summer Experience poster conference in the fall. In addition, students may apply for College support to present their results at a national conference. SURP projects frequently form the basis of a senior exercise project. Titles of a few recent SURP-projects include: “Invariance Relations for Random Walks on Cubic Lattices,” “An Evaluation and Analysis of Legislative and Congressional Redistricting in California: 1974-2004” and “Imaging the Chrysanthemum Princess: Japanese Journalists Cover Princess Masako.”