Do research your freshman year.

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. Freshman Research Associateship applications must be addressed to the Office of Admission and postmarked by February 1.

Sample freshman research projects

Arts Organizations in St. Petersburg

Working with Sociology professor Dr. Nicholas Dempsey, students examine how local arts organizations work with schools, businesses and government agencies, including why some succeed and others do not.

GPU Computing in the Life Sciences

Working with Computer Science professor Dr. Trevor Cickovski, students program portions of simulations (those that involve heavy processing) to work with Graphical Processing Units (GPUs), running the simulations on GPUs, and measuring speedups.


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.