Bryant University Professor Lori Coakley sits down with students inside the George E. Bello Center for Information and Technology.

Student Research

Whatever your major, research is an essential component of the learning experience at Bryant.

Learn from the experts how to become an expert. From your first classes on campus, you’ll experience our unique form of active and engaged learning, working alongside faculty to apply creative thinking toward real outcomes through original research conducted in the lab and in the field.

You’ll conduct research funded by organizations like the National Science Foundation that makes an impact as close as our backyard in Narragansett Bay, or as far away as China and the Canadian Arctic. Our strategic alliances and partnerships with regional community organizations, multinational corporations, and global education institutions provide you with myriad opportunities. You might collaborate on scientific research for NASA or research and draft policy briefs as an intern in Washington, D.C., or Beijing. 

Honors Program

The Bryant Honors Program is a distinctive four-year learning opportunity that fosters research collaboration with faculty mentors. 

The Senior Honors Thesis is the capstone course for Honors students. The thesis is a scholarly endeavor that can be conducted as a traditional thesis, a creative project, or with a problem-solving premise. Because the Honors Program highly encourages interdisciplinary experiences, students may choose to embark on a research area outside their major/minor. Working closely with faculty mentors and advisors, students decide on a research topic, create a thesis proposal that includes a hypothesis and literature review, and explain the research methodology and materials to be employed in conducting the inquiry.

Completing the Honors Thesis is a highly prestigious accomplishment. Many of the completed theses find their way to reputable publications around the world and are referenced and/or searched by thousands of scholars. The Douglas and Judith Krupp Library, together with the Bryant Honors Program, encourages students to submit their completed theses to the library depository so that they may be made available to the entire Bryant community as well as other academic institutions globally. Samples of these student theses are at

Senior Capstones & Directed Studies

Many of our academic programs culminate in a senior capstone project — an opportunity to satisfy your intellectual curiosity by diving deeply into a research project on a topic or issue you choose.

Some of these capstone projects are practicums in which you and a team of classmates work throughout the semester to develop a solution for a real-world client. These hands-on practicums often end in presentations to the client’s senior leadership — and sometimes, in job offers.

A directed study course is an opportunity for students to do independent, in-depth research for academic credit, culminating in a substantial paper or project. The student works individually under the guidance of a faculty mentor. 

Krupp Library 

Our Douglas and Judith Krupp Library houses more than 150,000 print and digital resources as well as individual and group study areas, 70 computers, and global interlibrary loans. 

Bryant students also come to the library to brush up on citation best practices or schedule one-on-one research help from our professional reference librarians. 

Research & Engagement Day (RED)

We celebrate Bryant’s culture of inquiry with Research & Engagement Day (RED), highlighting student and faculty collaboration, individual research, and creative projects. This event is so energizing and important that we cancel day classes so every student and faculty member can participate or attend.