Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate research at Mercer provides students with hands-on experience that complements the breadth of their education.

At Mercer, students are given the opportunity to take the lead in top-level research endeavors, which transforms them into scholars who answer tough and relevant questions. Our students work closely with faculty members, not graduate students, in state-of-the-art facilities to complete projects that contribute new knowledge to their fields of study.

Students in the lab

Featured Project

Sophomores research, create and test drugs in immersive lab

Each fall, 56 Mercer University sophomores will investigate ways to stop the formation of nasty biofilms that cause dental cavities and lead to many hospital-borne infections.

Additional Projects

Two engineering students work on a bubble toy
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Engineering class adapts bubble toys for pediatric therapy

Freshmen in Dr. Phil McCreanor’s engineering honors class have adapted toys that will be used in therapy for children with special needs.

Students check a little free library box
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Professor develops service-learning project on Little Free Libraries

Thirty-six Mercer University students are studying, stocking, and cataloguing books for Little Free Libraries in Macon.

Mercer-led team wins $200,000 prize in Artisanal Mining competition

A team of researchers involved in Mercer University’s Mercer On Mission program received the Gold Award and top prize of $200,000 in the Artisanal Mining Grand Challenge.

Mercer team’s 3D-printed model lands them on cover of journal

Research by a Mercer University biomedical engineering professor and students has been featured on the cover of the journal Materials.

Professor’s bacteria research helps in fight against antibiotic resistance

A Mercer University professor’s research could contribute to the development of new drugs to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria.