Research Takes Students to Panama

Castleton students Angela Golding and Cassidy Yrsha research took them from the lab to the field, studying katydids on Barro Colorado Island in Panama.

Castleton students have the opportunity to engage in meaningful and impactful research with faculty from many different programs. This can occur through an independent study, a honor’s thesis, a capstone project, or in the context of a class. Whether students are studying BPA degradation in surface water, exploring voting patterns in Vermont, or creating documentaries, students working closely with their faculty mentors benefit a great deal from this type of experiential learning. 

Castleton sponsors grants each semester for undergraduates to conduct independent research under the direction of faculty. Summer science research internships are also available to students. Students can compete for small grants to support their projects. A committee of faculty reviews proposals and awards grants to support different projects spanning the disciplines. 

Castleton's faculty have been awarded more than $750,000 in research grant dollars since 2012 and have funded many student-led research projects, travel to prestigious field sites, student attendance at conferences, and more. 

By The Numbers



Research grant dollars awarded since 2012



Number of students conducting research in summer 2018



Awarded in grants to science faculty in 2018



Number of student grant recipients in fall 2017

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