Big questions are out there. At Sewanee, we'll work together to find the answers.

Sewanee 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 their students to join them in extensive exploration of original work during the academic year and in the summer. In the process, students enhance their knowledge, hone their skills, and improve their postgraduate prospects.

Sewanee students conduct research with professors on a wide variety of projects. Recent projects include:

  • How platinum complexes form aggregates in solution
  • A new humanities research model for archival work
  • The effects of methamphetamine exposure in early adolescence
  • Photography and self-esteem with Haitian children
  • Eating disorders and body image
  • Recreating an obscure medieval play

What's more, as part of the Sewanee Pledge, Sewanee students are guaranteed funding for a summer research fellowship with a Sewanee professor or an approved program at another university.

Facts & Figures about Undergraduate Research


Featured Projects

Blood in the Water

A Sewanee professor’s newly published book explores the sustainability of two Atlantic whale-hunting cultures while his collaborative research with students yields significant findings and a tissue-for-internships arrangement with other universities.

Small Wonders

A Sewanee physics professor and his students study nature’s tiny building blocks with painstaking care and a healthy dose of ingenuity. Eugenii Donev and a continuing stream of his students have put together the tools needed to make and study the properties of many substances at the nanoscale.

Discerning the Shape of Water

When it rains in Sewanee, it is either taken up by organisms, evaporates, or makes its way to the Tennessee River. Students and professors in a variety of disciplines take advantage of Sewanee’s local ecology to engage in water and water-systems research that is as deep as it is wide.

Student & Faculty Profiles