First-Year research associateships

Jump-start your first year with real research

Every year, we invite 20–25 bright new students to work side by side with our professors on their research. At any given time, we may have active projects in psychology, communication, ancient studies, literature, religious studies, management, theatre, international business, biology and marine science. It’s a great way to get some research experience and see if what you think you’re interested in is really the major for you.

Students receive a one-year stipend of up to $1,000. Check out the full listing of associateships and the application, which must be postmarked by February 1.

Sample first-year research projects

Exploring Dog Behavior & Cognition

Explore various aspects of animal behavior and cognition with dogs. Students assist the professor with on-going and new research projects by investigating literature, conducting non-invasive, behavioral experiments, analyzing data, and writing up results.

Osprey Nest Monitoring

Join a team of students to determine nest choice, timing of nesting, nesting success and potential hazards to ospreys. Students are responsible for the 12 osprey nests on campus and visit nests weekly to determine the health of our local population as well as answer additional questions about osprey behavior and population dynamics.

New Frontiers in the Humanities

Not a scientist? You can still do research.

Thanks to a Mellon Foundation grant, students in the natural and social sciences have extraordinary research opportunities at Eckerd. But what about those who major in other fields?

Beginning in the fall of 2016, 15 incoming students will be hand-picked to do research in fields such as literature, philosophy and history. Participants will live together in one wing of a residence hall while taking classes and doing research throughout the fall semester. Each student will receive a $1,000 research stipend.

Beginning this spring of 2016, the first group of juniors are taking a new advanced research seminar in the Humanities, Ancient Barbarians. In April, we held a Humanities Symposium showcasing the best student research, with the top project published online.

New Frontiers Website
Literature, history, modern languages, philosophy, religion – these are all considered Humanities majors. Thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, students in these majors will now get research experience as undergrads.
The grant includes funding to send participating students to conferences to present their research.