Davidson is a recognized leader in undergraduate research, scholarship and creative work across all academic programs. Faculty members integrate original research and scholarship into the classroom and encourage students to join them in extensive exploration of original work through the academic year and during the summer. Through this collaboration, students and faculty contribute to the growing body of knowledge in a wide variety of fields and add creative achievements to art and literature.
Support for research and creative work comes from the college's annual budget and external grants. Summer research programs have also been supported by a variety of sources including The Duke Endowment, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities ICAN program, the Jesse Ball DuPont Foundation, and individual donors. As funding support has increased, the number of students participating in on campus research has grown.
Davidson offers many opportunities for research that is imbedded within the classroom curriculum. In addition to classroom research, students can engage in semester-long independent research or summer research programs. Davidson provides several grant-funded opportunities to conduct research abroad in geographic locations of the student's choosing or to specific regions of the world. Learn more about the college's unique research options.
The Davidson faculty is dedicated to an immersive higher education experience for their students and themselves. Active research and other scholarly pursuits allow faculty to be on the leading edge of their fields. In the last five years, approximately half of Davidson's tenure-track and tenured faculty contributed to their professional fields through published papers/articles, performances, or artistic creations. In addition, faculty members have been honored with awards for their books, musical compositions, and other professional achievements. Learn more about faculty research.
Davidson provides research facilities for student/faculty research in the sciences, social sciences and humanities with state-of-the-art laboratories, instrumentation, student studio space, soundproof music spaces and more. Learn more about research facilities.
The Task Force for Experiential Learning was formed during the fall of 2014 at the request of President Carol Quillen. The task force was asked to evaluate experiential learning programs at Davidson and to make recommendations to the president and the Institutional Strategic Initiatives group. A final report was prepared in August 2016.