Student interns working in the ADDFab Core Facility at UMass Amherst.

Student Research

The Core Summer Internship Program offers undergraduates hand-on research experience in state-of-the-art labs along with soft-skills training.


As the Commonwealth's flagship public research university, UMass Amherst offers students unparalleled support, top facilities, and opportunities for meaningful research collaborations with leading faculty, multi-industry companies, and technology clusters in the Greater Boston area and beyond. Learn all about student research opportunities at UMass Amherst in this FAQ.

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In addition to research through courses, students can also work in faculty labs and participate in research and scholarly opportunities on and off campus throughout the year, international programs, internships and co-ops, and more.

Undergraduate student wearing a research head cap in the Sleep Lab

At UMass Amherst, undergraduate students have an opportunity to intern at the Core Facilities, managed through the UMass Institute for Applied Life Sciences. Interns learn technical skills and conduct hands-on research, using state-of-the art equipment, at labs covering areas such as human health, life sciences, manufacturing, engineering, and material sciences. 

Chris Caron, UMass Amherst PhD student in Trapped Ion Lab

At UMass Amherst, PhD student Chris Caron combines his dual interests in physics and electrical engineering to conduct research aimed at enabling scalable quantum computing.

Image of student's electronics projects

In a popular UMass Amherst computer course, students put their programming skills and creativity to work to invent innovative DIY projects.

Photolithography process

In Sarah Perry's microfluidics course, students get hands-on research experience with real-world applications.

UMass computer science PhD student Hochul Hwang

PhD student Hochul Hwang’s robotics, computer vision, and human-computer interaction research seeks to design robots that can improve the mobility of blind and visually impaired individuals.

Rising Researcher trophies

The Rising Researcher program recognizes undergraduate students who excel in research, challenge their intellect, and exercise exceptional creativity. Meet these talented students whose research is already making a difference in the worlds of policy, medicine, and technology.

At UMass Amherst, undergraduates find ample opportunities to get involved in research, scholarship, and creative activity. Whether studying disparities in preventative health care, using computing to advance an equitable energy transition, or exploring LGBTQ+ experiences through art, the Fall 2023 Rising Researchers are helping to tackle real-world challenges and propel society forward. Their research and scholarship offer opportunities to put concepts learned in the classroom into action, explore different topics in depth, and discover passions to pursue after graduation.