Each faculty member in the department has an active research program that involves undergraduates. A substantial portion of this research is funded by the National Science Foundation. The department currently has five active NSF grants providing $1.8 million of support over a 3-5 year period. Additional generous research support comes from sources including the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), the Mellon Foundation, and the Baker and Rose-Hills Foundations.During summer, the faculty sponsor a number of research projects for Claremont Colleges students and operate an NSF REU Site. During the school year, students are encouraged to engage in research through senior theses and participation in faculty research.
Each summer the faculty organize a number of research projects which are open to students. Some of these projects are part of the REU program, as described below. REU projects are open to off-campus students as well as HMC students.
The process of assigning students to summer research projects begins when students complete an application indicating their interests. Faculty then meet and assign students to each project. One spring colloquium session each year is devoted to presentations of upcoming summer research projects.
Research Experience for Undergraduates, or REU, is a program funded by the National Science Foundation that supports undergraduate research in many academic areas. The REU program is open both to Harvey Mudd students and students from other schools. The NSF requires that student participants be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have not completed their undergraduate studies.