Student Research & Creativity

faculty and student working together

Students in the College can work one-on-one with faculty, either by participating in a faculty member's own research or by crafting their own unique research project. 

In the social sciences, promote understanding of human life from the human brain’s smallest synaptic firing to the political and social systems guiding millions across the globe. Develop strategies to prevent abuse, strengthen rural communities or create tools for law enforcement.

Pursue STEM teaching in high-needs schools, create mobile, hands-on outreach activities to assess climate change in New England and Bhutan communities or study the value of performance assessments for teachers’ preparation in education research.

While in the humanities, you can delve deep in answering major cross-cultural questions focused on language, philosophy and literature.

Your research in the arts will extend from art historians exploring the role of the arts across the span of human history to painting, sculpting, photographing, writing plays and musical scores, or singing and playing instruments.

In the the College of Liberal Arts, you'll be in good hands. College faculty have been named among the world's most highly cited researchers, an indicator of their fundamental contributions to knowledge.

Global Racial and Social Inequality Lab

The Global Racial and Social Inequality Lab is a COLA lab that helps facilitate collaborative learning and research around the varied forms of racial and social inequality. GRSIL is dedicated to matching students with opportunities based on their interest. Students can learn about race and social inequality in the classroom and through interdisciplinary minors and then carry that knowledge into high impact learning experiences and research. Our goal is to connect students with opportunities that match their interests. Please email to set up an appointment to discuss minor options, research, or high impact experience that COLA offers.

Digging Deep: Cool COLA Research

Want to really understand the vibrant and diverse research that goes on in the College of Liberal Arts? Then COLA 402 is for you. This 1-credit course features research presentations and Q&A with faculty from across the colleges to give you a window into what is entailed in doing research from within Liberal Arts. The course showcases the range of research projects and methods used by COLA faculty and taught to COLA students. Presentations illuminate how research in COLA disciplines enriches and complements other fields (e.g., natural resources, marine science, computer science, business, finance, health services) and teaches skills applicable to a wide range of careers. This course is particularly useful to undeclared students who want to more fully understand the different disciplines within the college.

Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research

UNH's Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research provides the resources and financial support for the research, scholarly, and creative projects of UNH students. The Center has several different award programs that can cover research-related costs during the year or over the summer. Projects can take place locally, across the country, and even at international locations.

Undergraduate Research Conference

Each year, the University hosts the Undergraduate Research Conference (URC). At the weeklong symposium, over 1800 UNH undergraduate students from all academic disciplines present the results of their scholarly and creative research in one or more of over twenty professional and artistic venues campus-wide, making the UNH URC one of the largest conferences of its kind in the country.