Opportunities at Simmons

Throughout your undergraduate career at Simmons, you will have numerous opportunities to explore scholarly and creative passions, participate in paid, hands-on research experiences, present at national and international conferences, receive mentorship from faculty, pursue global experiences, and connect with community leaders, organizations, hospitals, and world-renowned research laboratories in the Boston area and beyond.

Explore Research Opportunities at Simmons

The Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (URF) offers a range of programs that support undergraduate academic and professional growth, including: 

  • Barbara Lee Fellowship: Barbara Lee, an alumna of Simmons University, heads the Barbara Lee Family Foundation, whose mission is to move women into the political sphere. The Foundation has provided money to Simmons for the Barbara Lee Fellowship, which increases awareness of politics as a vocation for women. The call for applications occurs in October; students are notified of their placements by the first week of December. Seniors preferred, juniors considered.
  • Fund for Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors: The Fund for Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors provides financial support for student-initiated independent research projects and creative endeavors. Students may apply for up to $300. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are reviewed on the 15th of each month from August to May. Open to all undergraduates.
  • Passionate Leaders Project: The Passionate Leaders Project supports undergraduate students seeking to enrich their academic and professional interests by funding learning opportunities beyond the boundaries of the traditional classroom. Students may request up to $4,000 through the PLP to fund a variety of activities, including, but not limited to: global experiences, research, internships, service projects, and creative endeavors. Application cycles vary. Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Simmons World ChallengeSimmons World Challenge is an exciting program designed to empower sophomore students with the knowledge and skillset necessary to tackle pressing social problems facing local, national and international communities.  The course is interdisciplinary, experiential, and student-led.  Students work in teams of 3-5 to conduct research, create an actionable solution to address a social problem, and present their results and ideas to the Simmons community. This course involves a paid, 10-day January intensive and a global component in the spring. The call for applications occurs in late summer; students are notified of placements in early fall. Open to sophomores.
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Experience at SimmonsSummer Undergraduate Research Experience at Simmons (SURPASs) is a paid, intensive summer research experience for undergraduates and faculty mentors across disciplines. Accepted students receive a $3,000 stipend, a supplemented budget of $1,000 for materials and supplies, residential campus housing during the summer intensive, and Simmons meal points. SURPASs faculty mentors receive a stipend of $2,000 and Simmons meal points for the duration of the summer intensive. The application cycle for the following summer opens in September and closes in late February. Open to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
  • Undergraduate Faculty-Student Collaborative Fellowship: The Undergraduate Faculty-Student Collaborative (UGFSC) Fellowship at Simmons is a competitive small grant program that supports faculty research and provides funding to undergraduate students assisting faculty in their research. Open to all students; requires the nomination of a UGFSC faculty recipient.
  • Undergraduate Student Conference Fund: The Undergraduate Student Conference Fund provides financial support for students presenting at virtual conferences. Students may apply for up to $300. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are reviewed on the 15th of each month from August to May. Open to all undergraduates.
  • Undergraduate Symposium: The Undergraduate Symposium is a day-long event that recognizes and celebrates exemplary undergraduate scholarship across disciplines. Students present their work - often the culmination of a semester or year-long engagement in a project - with peers, faculty, staff, supervisors, family and friends, and other members of the community. Projects may include senior capstones, independent research projects, service-learning projects, faculty-led research, global experiences, internships, creative endeavors, and more. The Symposium takes place in late April; applications are accepted starting in September until late February. Open to all undergraduates.


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Nakeisha Cody

Director of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships

Jaime Libowitz

Operations Manager of Undergraduate Programs
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Richard Gurney

Professor of Chemistry & Physics and Co-Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Physics
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Kristina Pechulis

Senior Lecturer in Political Science & International Relations and Director of the Lee Family Foundation Fellowship Program