Student Research

Whatever your major, research is an essential component of the learning experience at Bryant.

Learn from the experts how to become an expert. From your first classes on campus, you’ll experience our unique form of active and engaged learning, working alongside faculty to apply creative thinking toward real outcomes through original research conducted in the lab and in the field.

You’ll conduct research funded by organizations like the National Science Foundation that makes an impact as close as our backyard in Narragansett Bay, or as far away as China and the Canadian Arctic. Our strategic alliances and partnerships with regional community organizations, multinational corporations, and global education institutions provide you with myriad opportunities. You might collaborate on scientific research for NASA or research and draft policy briefs as an intern in Washington, D.C., or Beijing. 

Honors Program

The Bryant Honors Program is a distinctive four-year learning opportunity that fosters research collaboration with faculty mentors. 

The Senior Honors Thesis is the capstone course for Honors students. The thesis is a scholarly endeavor which can be conducted as a traditional thesis, a creative project, or with a problem-solving premise. Because the Honors Program highly encourages interdisciplinary experiences, students may choose to embark on a research area outside their major/minor. Working closely with faculty mentors and advisors, students decide on a research topic, creating a thesis proposal which includes a hypothesis and literature review, and explaining the research methodology and materials to be employed in conducting the inquiry.

Completing the Honors Thesis is a highly prestigious accomplishment. Many of the completed theses find their way to reputable publications around the world and are referenced and/or searched by thousands of scholars. The Douglas and Judith Krupp Library, together with the Bryant Honors Program, encourages students to submit their completed theses to the library depository so that they may be made available to the entire Bryant community as well as other academic institutions globally. Samples of these student theses are at https://digitalcommons.bryant.edu/Honors/.

Senior Capstones & Directed Studies

Many of our academic programs culminate in a senior capstone project — an opportunity to satisfy your intellectual curiosity by diving deeply into a research project on a topic or issue you choose.

Some of these capstone projects are practicums in which you and a team of classmates work throughout the semester to develop a solution for a real-world client. These hands-on practicums often end in presentations to the client’s senior leadership — and sometimes, in job offers.

A directed study course is an opportunity for students to do independent, in-depth research for academic credit, culminating in a substantial paper or project. The student works individually under the guidance of a faculty mentor. 

Krupp Library 

Our Douglas and Judith Krupp Library houses more than 150,000 print and digital resources as well as individual and group study areas, 70 computers and global interlibrary loan. 

Bryant students also come to the library to brush up on citation best practices or schedule one-on-one research help from our professional reference librarians. 

Research & Engagement Day (RED)

We celebrate Bryant’s culture of inquiry with Research & Engagement Day (RED), highlighting student and faculty collaboration, individual research and creative projects. This event is so energizing and important that we cancel day classes so every student and faculty member can participate or attend. RED currently is paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the Center, you’ll generate new economic ideas and develop your global perspective by working with our expert faculty.  

The Center offers undergraduate and graduate students a variety of academic and research opportunities, including interdisciplinary applied research, internships, regional and international outreach and workshops. 

We also host visiting scholars and Ph.D. students from around the world to help strengthen our academic community with international perspectives and broaden the scope of our research. 

It’s not all classwork, though. You can have some fun and apply your learning to current economic issues by jumping into the Principles of Economics Competition or Fed Challenge Competition. 

This innovative center supports organizations that increasingly rely on big data analysis to solve real-world problems effectively. It’s also home to the University's applied analytics program, a multidisciplinary concentration that provides students with skills in integrating technology and analytical methods. Building on Bryant's core strengths, the program is one of the very few in the nation offered at the undergraduate level.

Majoring in biology or environmental science at Bryant means small classes and faculty who join you on a journey of discovery—one in which you’ll realize your strengths and passions through programs tailored specifically to your interests.

Our science faculty are exceptionally dedicated teachers, mentors and researchers. You’ll choose a faculty member to collaborate with on scientific research for a year.  You’ll likely graduate with a résumé that reflects co-publishing a paper with a faculty mentor and presenting it at a prestigious conference.

Your opportunities might include:

  • Examining the microbiological community in an intertidal zone

  • Traveling with faculty to Outer Mongolia to gather soil samples

  • Joining a team of researchers seeking an antibody treatment for premature infants who contract a serious infectious disease in neonatal intensive care units – and patenting the discovery

At Bryant, you’ll also have access to lab equipment other schools typically reserved for graduate students. Our 8,300-square-foot science complex has two large wet labs that can accommodate to 24 students each, an advanced wet lab, and six individualized research labs tailored for faculty and student collaboration.