Experiential Learning 

Undergraduate Research

Science at Manhattan College is not just about theory; it is also about hands-on discovery. Unlike most schools and colleges, you will enjoy unprecedented opportunities to work on important research projects alongside your distinguished and passionate professors. These sorts of opportunities are not usually available to science students at an undergraduate level, but at Manhattan College, we want you to start experiencing professional scientific research as soon as possible. Not only does this give you a jump-start on your graduate studies, but these experiences will be some of the most rewarding and memorable ones you'll have as an undergraduate.

Small Class Sizes

At Manhattan College, class sizes are kept small to allow for maximum attention and hands-on help from your professors, much like the Cambridge/Oxford style of tutorial. Unlike large schools where students primarily interact with just a teaching assistant, at Manhattan College you will work directly with your professors. This personal connection allows professors to create a personalized education for each student, depending on your specific interests and career path. There's simply no way you can get lost at Manhattan College — small class sizes ensure you are always front and center!


Science students have the opportunity to attend and present their work at a variety of national and international conferences many students co-author peer-reviewed papers and present them alongside faculty. This type of experience and exposure has given students regional and national recognition, and offers valuable preparation for presenting work in a professional setting. In addition, students have the chance to meet students from other schools, listen to their presentations and enjoy socializing with like-minded people.

Conferences that students have routinely been involved in include:

Spuyten Duyvil Undergraduate Mathematics Conference

A one-day conference hosted by Manhattan College that features presentations by undergraduate students and faculty in mathematics and related disciplines. The primary goal is to offer undergraduates the opportunity to attend and actively participate in a professional mathematics meeting and to discuss mathematics with their peers. Attendees may apply to give a 15-minute talk or submit a poster.

American Chemical Society Conference

The New York American Chemical Society Undergraduate Research Symposium is an annual pre-professional meeting where chemistry/biochemistry students can present their undergraduate research results. Students have the chance to present 15-minute talks in small groups, and enjoy networking over a luncheon and award reception.

Eastern College Science Conference

The Eastern Colleges Science Conference (ECSC) is an association of primarily undergraduate colleges and universities that provides a forum for undergraduate students in science and engineering to present their research. The main function of the organization is to stimulate interest in undergraduate research in the sciences and related fields, and to provide a lively forum for the presentation of research papers. Students and their advisors may attend; and students may present their research findings in platform or poster presentations, or as full-length papers. In recent years, student awards have been given for presentations in each of the modes.

Co-curricular Organizations

Students have the opportunity to join a diverse array of dynamic co-curricular clubs that are related to their major and future profession. These clubs allow you to further your education, gain more professional insight, establish a professional network of contacts and form relationships with other students and faculty. Providing the same kind of benefits, honor societies are also available to outstanding students in each major.