Undergraduate Research for Summer 2020: 

  • Any research experience that was designed to be completed remotely, or that can be converted into a remote experience, can proceed.
  • Experiences that are scheduled to take place off campus can proceed, to the extent they are not restricted by CDC guidelines for travel, by local conditions, or by a collaborating institution.
  • Experiences that are intended to be conducted in person on campus can proceed, only under two conditions:
  • Only students who have been pre-approved to live on campus during the summer can perform in-person work. No students currently living off campus (including in Northfield) will be permitted to return to campus this summer. For students currently living on campus, a research position or internship is not a sufficient reason for them to stay on campus this summer. Residential Life has established a petition process for students to request staying on campus this summer, and all students currently living on campus have been informed of this process.
  • In-person work must be conducted under the condition of social distancing (determined by the guidance we’re receiving from the Minnesota Department of Health and the Governor’s Office). Those projects that cannot be conducted in a social-distancing or remote context should be canceled.
Biology Research in the Arboretum

At Carleton, our students’ intellectual curiosity drives their engagement in research in a variety of disciplines — and sometimes across them. The Council of Undergraduate Research defines research as “an inquiry or investigation by undergraduate students that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline.” And it can include projects in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences.

In keeping with Carleton’s commitment to close collaboration between faculty and students, faculty-mentored student research is part of many courses. Independent research opportunities are offered both on and off campus during the academic year. And full-time supervised research is available during both summer and winter breaks.

See the links below for more information about both student and faculty resources.