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Clemson's Student Research Informs Industries

From mass timber to microbe diversity in coastal ecosystems and even genetics, Clemson students dive into research projects as early as freshman year. Their work with industry partners in labs, fields and hospitals across South Carolina connects students with employers while providing access for industry partners to the powerful resources available at Clemson. Choose your program of study, join a research team and meet the professionals who benefit from your work. It all begins at Clemson.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities at Clemson

Each year, more than 4,600 undergraduate students at Clemson work together with peers, graduate students and faculty mentors on research projects that ignite their interests. Discover what it’s like to work with a team toward new solutions that revolutionize treatments, techniques and industries in South Carolina and beyond.

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Creative Inquiry

Every Clemson student has the opportunity to begin a research project with faculty support and University resources through Creative Inquiry. These team-based research projects are led by a faculty mentor and typically span two to four semesters. Through Creative Inquiry, undergraduate students discover the answers to their burning questions and present their solutions at conferences across the country, answering questions from industry professionals.

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Erin Walker presented her undergraduate research at the prestigious Biomedical Conference for Minority Students in Anaheim, California

Student Erin Walker presents her research at a conference and smiles while holding an orange cloth that reads, “Clemson Undergraduate Research.”

Clemson has provided me with so many opportunities for research and summer internships in my desired field and has shown me how multifaceted microbiology is. Working in a microbial ecology lab has solidified my decision to study microbiology.

Erin Walker
Microbiology ’21
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Two undergraduate students examine plants and take notes in a greenhouse.

Experiences in Undergraduate Research, Exploration and Knowledge Advancement (EUREKA!)

Through the EUREKA! program, about 33 incoming freshman students who have been accepted into the Clemson University Honors College are invited to spend five weeks participating in research projects or other academic activities before Fall semester begins. Participants choose a research project that is recommended by Clemson faculty members, receive guidance from graduate students and faculty members, and even present their work at a final symposium. The program proves invaluable to incoming students as they form relationships with academic mentors, make friends with their peers and become confident in Clemson’s research facilities.

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Graduate Research Opportunities at Clemson

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Clemson University connects graduate and postdoctoral students with industry partners, government officials and state-of-the-art facilities to conduct research that solves the world’s pressing problems and moves industry forward. Enjoy relationships with faculty mentors who truly care about your professional and personal development, then give back by sharing your expertise with undergraduate students. When you pursue your postgraduate degree at Clemson, you become a powerful contributor to the Clemson Family, the state of South Carolina and the world.

GRAD 360°

This program is unique to Clemson and tailored to the graduate and postdoctoral experience. Gain transferable skills in nine focus areas and create a portfolio to track your development with guidance from your mentor through GRAD 360°. You can enrich your Clemson experience, form meaningful relationships and prepare for your ideal career by participating in GRAD 360°.

GRAD 360°
Doctoral student Maira Patino, middle right, wearing a U.S. Army uniform, is handed a flag by a man who is also wearing a U.S. Army uniform.

Childhood hiking trip inspires research of doctoral fellowship award recipient

Maira Patino had her first outdoor recreation experience at age 14 through an outreach program that took kids hiking in Colorado. When considering her next steps after time spent in active duty military service, Maira couldn’t let go of the fond memories of that hiking trip, how it revealed her love for the outdoors and boosted her self-confidence. Maira’s desire to better understand the impact of youth development programs, particularly those focused on minorities in underdeveloped communities, has led her to the Clemson University Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management.

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Genetics researchers uncover link between small body size in dogs and inherited dental condition

Graduate student Sydney Abrams studies genetic disease in canines alongside associate professor Leigh Anne Clark, and the pair’s investigation into maxillary canine-tooth mesioversion has led to a groundbreaking discovery. The heritable condition is related to a dog’s body size, a finding that marks one of the first times a trait in dogs has been directly attributed to genes influencing growth.

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Graduate student Sydney Abrams, left, sits on a bench next to a medium-sized dog, right, with black-and-white fur.