You can pursue substantive research with faculty members throughout the academic year, in short-term intensive experiences in August, or in summers of collaborative research in laboratories and field settings (with on-campus housing available).
These opportunities are not just reserved for seniors and juniors in the sciences. Many majors are structured to introduce students to research methods early in their studies, so they may get involved in research quickly – as soon as the sophomore year, or the second semester of the first year in many cases.
One of the best opportunities is SOFIA, Summer Opportunities for Intellectual Activities, an innovative three-week program that allows select new and returning students to conduct in-depth research and inquiry with Monmouth faculty. Read about recent programs.
Applying for the SOFIA Project:
Select students are invited to apply for the SOFIA Program after admission to the College. Students with a 3.4 GPA and 24 ACT/1160 SAT and who applied with test scores may apply for the program. Students with a 3.6 GPA and who applied test-optional are also encouraged to apply.
The 2020 SOFIA Application will open in January 2020
You will need the following information to apply:
Username: your Monmouth College ID #
Password: your last name (with the first letter of the last name capitalized)
Benefits to students participating in the SOFIA program:
- Opportunities to deepen focus in your major and discover new interests (2019 SOFIA Projects)
- Meet other highly motivated Monmouth College students
- Accelerated start to your academic and intellectual future at Monmouth College
- Significant additions to your resume or graduate school applications
- $500 stipend, as well as housing and meals for the three weeks of SOFIA
Acceptance into the program will be on a rolling basis, beginning in the spring. Apply early as the selection process is competitive and projects fill up quickly. You will be contacted by the Admission Office if you have been selected for a project.
Summer Opportunity for Intellectual Activity
In the summer of 2010, Monmouth College initiated SOFIA, an innovative three-week program that allows select new and returning students to conduct in-depth research and inquiry with Monmouth faculty.
Other research opportunities include
- Post-baccalaureate fellowships
- Curating archives/collections on campus
- Richard Kieft Summer Research Program
- Research for scientists, mathematicians, and economists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory through the Oak Ridge Science Semester program
- Newberry Seminar: Research in the Humanities at the Newberry Library in Chicago