Research

Wherever your interests lie—in the sciences, social sciences, arts, or humanities—conducting original research opens transformative possibilities. Whether you choose to conduct your own research or assist with a faculty project, we will help find the funding to support you.

In recent years, students received over $7 million in research funding from a variety of international centers, specialized science initiatives, and academic departmental resources.

Our students work directly with Harvard faculty to broaden their studies and contribute to their chosen fields. You can pursue research as early as your first year for academic credit or as paid employment.

Engineering and Applied Sciences

The Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) is a diverse community of learners, leaders, and scientists working to address the most pressing issues of our time. SEAS helps students become “renaissance engineers,” exploring a wide range of academic disciplines and approaching every endeavor critically and contextually.

With more than two dozen University buildings used exclusively for scientific research, students have access to a variety of labs and research centers.

Beginning in 2020, SEAS will expand into a purpose-built facility in Allston. The 500,000+ square foot complex will feature state-of-the-art classrooms, active learning labs, maker space, faculty labs, community space and a café. Green design will make it one of the most environmentally sustainable facilities of its kind.

Explore SEAS

The Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences offers an unparalleled opportunity to be part of an excellent engineering school inside of one of the world’s foremost research universities.

Professor in a science lab with students

Innovation Labs

Whether you’re here to explore the world of game-changing entrepreneurship, or simply interested in learning about innovation more broadly, the Harvard Innovation Labs will support your endeavors.

Students can take advantage of office hours with faculty mentors and industry, attend community events and workshops, and share thoughtfully-designed meeting and lab spaces, including:

  • The i-lab, a dynamic, full-service space for current Harvard students interested in actively pursuing innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • Launch Lab X, a groundbreaking new accelerator inside the i-lab for eligible Harvard alumni leading promising early-stage startup ventures.
  • The Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab for Harvard students, faculty, and alumni working on high-potential life sciences and biotech startups.
  • Coming fall 2019! The ArtLab for faculty, students, and artists to collaborate across media and academic boundaries to host exhibitions and performances, bringing together Harvard, its growing Allston campus, and the surrounding community

Sustainability

Harvard is proud to lead the charge in environmental research and policy initiatives. In 2008, Harvard announced a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by thirty percent by the year 2016. We met that goal, and are working on new sustainability goals for the next chapter in Harvard's history.

Working on an innovative sustainability project or have a great idea? Apply for a student sustainability grant from the Office for Sustainability to make it a reality.

Students and faculty work side by side to craft sustainable policies and develop new ways to reduce energy usage both at Harvard and in the wider world. Your work helps Harvard achieve its environmental goals, and paves the way for a brighter future for our entire planet.