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Undergraduate Research

Among the many decisions you are currently facing regarding your college search may be the choice between a top-tier research university and a teaching-focused liberal arts college.  At Vanderbilt, you don't have to choose.

Our faculty are dedicated to fostering the undergraduate academic experience in and out of the classroom, and our students are afforded numerous opportunities to research in a lab, in a library, out in the field, or in a creative setting, no matter their chosen majors. 

Learn more about research at Vanderbilt.

Student Resources

Centers and Institutes

Research and teaching that join traditionally diverse disciplines are prevalent at Vanderbilt through more than 120 centers and institutes that include the Center for Latin American & Iberian Studies, The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development, the W.M. Keck Free—Electron Laser Center and the Vanderbilt—Ingram Cancer Center. Numerous other research centers and institutes are listed here.

Schools, Colleges, and Departments

Most faculty at Vanderbilt are engaged in scholarly research in association with graduate or advanced undergraduates. Much of this research takes place through the School of Engineering, the Peabody College of Education and Human Development, the Owen Graduate School of Management, the School of Nursing, and the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.


The Jean and Alexander Heard Library contains 3 million volumes, 30,000 journals and maintains an online catalog called ACORN.