Take a Seat at NSU’S Esteemed Research Table

Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) scientists and researchers dive deep to make discoveries that change the way we live, think, eat, breathe, and sleep. Get a front-row seat to their scientific and academic brilliance. NSU received more than $107 million to fund research projects that improve patient care, make new drug discoveries, reduce mental health disorders, examine the forces that impact our oceans, and more.

Whether you choose to become an academic, join the corporate world, or something else entirely, you’ll gain critical-thinking and analytical skills that give you an edge. Become a volunteer researcher, and get one-on-one mentorship from the professors leading the study. Spend a summer interning with the Environmental Protection Agency or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. You can even create your own independent study plan to cultivate your interests and practice research.

What Is Undergraduate Research?

Research is “an inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline,” according to the nonprofit Council on Undergraduate Research. Explore the benefits of being a student at a university awarded for research. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching recognized NSU for “high research activity” and awarded us the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification.

Joining a research program has many benefits:

  • Gain critical and analytical skills.
  • Define future career goals.
  • Prepare for graduate school.
  • Make connections in the field.
  • Build confidence and experience.

Where Research Happens

Build Intellectual Capital

NSU Research Highlights

Wade Through an Ocean of Research Opportunities

Immerse yourself in research through mentorship, cocurricular activities, and hands-on research projects. One of these experiences may spark an academic interest or career path you never considered before.

Research Opportunities

Learn directly from leaders of the scientific world, and gain research skills that stay with you no matter which field you choose to build your career in. Get hands-on experience as a research volunteer. Earn academic and experiential learning credits. Define your career interests through independent study.

Opportunities at NSU
Off-campus Opportunities

Razor's Edge Research

The Research Scholars Program is customized for students who have a passion for scientific inquiry, problem-solving, and hands-on research projects. As part of this intellectual community, you’ll team up with faculty mentors and accomplished researchers to better understand research techniques in a variety of fields, such as oceanography, marine biology, and neuroscience.

 Scholars receive a $24,000 scholarship and earn a minor in research studies.

Push Your Limits

ExEL: Research Pillar

Through Experiential Education and Learning (ExEL) at NSU, you will be exposed to a world of hands-on opportunities that enrich your academic life while helping you reach your professional and personal goals. You can choose to conduct research with a faculty mentor to earn ExEL credits.

Dive In

Undergraduate Student Symposium and Honors Thesis

At this annual event hosted by Farquhar Honors College you'll showcase projects through displays, oral presentations, performances, and films. This is a prime opportunity for prospective employers and graduate schools to get a sense of your achievements.

Experience the Showcase

A group of NSU students wearing white coats, masks, and gloves looking over a professor's shoulder. He is holding an unidentified specimen.

InterLACE Research Showcase

InterLACE is a virtual, university-wide event for NSU faculty, clinicians, students, and research staff to showcase their "interdisciplinary" and "interprofessional" collaborative research efforts. 

Collaborations include substantive involvement of members from different disciplines and/or professions at multiple stages of the research process. The event will feature poster and slide presentations and be attended by members of the NSU research community.  

Learn More About InterLACE

How to Get Involved in Undergraduate Research

Getting accepted into a research project is competitive and limited, reserved for our strongest and fastest Sharks. Don’t want to miss your chance? Here’s how to get it right:

Contact a Faculty Member

Contact a current or past faculty member to ask if he or she is accepting students to help with research or if any of his or her colleagues are accepting students. You can browse faculty experts to get some ideas.

Log In to Handshake

Log in to your Handshake account to search for and apply to research opportunities.

What to Consider When Pursuing a Research Opportunity

  • A greater understanding of your discipline and career options.
  • Improved communication skills.
  • Greater problem solving and critical thinking skills.
  • Hands on experience in a lab.
  • Work one-on-one with a mentor.
  • Increased understanding of research methodologies.

Review NSUWorks

Browse through studies conducted by faculty members so you can impress them with your knowledge of their work—and the fact that you, well, researched.

Explore Opportunities

View the list of on-campus and off-campus opportunities online.

Contact CAPS

Contact the Center for Academic and Professional Success to discuss research and other opportunities outside of the classroom.

The research opportunities I participated in helped me realize that I want to focus on conservation efforts. My work with organisms such as rays and sharks inspired me to help protect them.

Meredith P. | Marine Biology

Contact the Office of Undergraduate Research

Ready to dive in? We’re here to help!

Program Contact

If you have any questions about the program, please email Jeff Hartman at jhartman2@nova.edu or call (954) 892-0351. 

Prospective Students

Connect with an admissions counselor to learn more about the application process.

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Current Students

Get in touch with your Edge Adviser if you have questions about coursework or to chat about future career goals.

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