Research at New College

Student Research & Travel Grants

For more than two decades, the Student Research and Travel Grant Program (SRTG) has provided grant funding to New College students in support of research and travel associated with their thesis work, presenting at professional conferences, tutorials, and independent study projects. Coordinated by the Center for Career Engagement and Opportunity, SRTG proposals are invited from current students in good academic standing twice a year (once a semester) and are reviewed by a committee of alumni and faculty members.

Student Projects

Students take on a diverse array of projects with real-world impact

Adam Johnson Sociology/Political Science

Johnson’s senior thesis—a paper entitled Charrettes, Urban Planning and Democracy—earned him the student scholarship award from the Florida Planning and Zoning Association (FPZA) Gulf Coast Chapter.

Sierra Lamb International & Area Studies

Lamb traveled to Jordan on a Gilman Scholarship to document the rights and statuses of refugees, the humanitarian interventions meant to aid them, and the availability of health care for these displaced individuals.

Jesus Olive Computer Science/Philosophy

With the $3,000 first-place award he won at New College’s inaugural Social Entrepreneurship Conference, Olive developed and launched the mobile app Prosperfully that allows users to track goals and document achievements.

Research Facilities

Pritzker Marine Biology Research Center

More than 400 different species of marine and freshwater organisms, including fish, aquatic frogs, and invertebrates are housed in the 10,000-square-foot Pritzker Marine Biology Center that is located just over 100 yards from the Sarasota Bay.

Public Archaeology Lab

The Public Archaeology Lab features more than 1,600 square feet of workspace for processing and interpreting artifacts, an office for archaeological site reports and geographic information systems, and storage space for excavated finds.

Faculty Research

New College professors are active researchers as well as outstanding teachers.

Rebecca Black Chemistry Professor

Professor Black recently received a $55,000 grant from the American Chemical Society (ACS) to support student research in STEM fields.

Xia Shi History and International & Area Studies Professor

Professor Shi received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to carry out historical research in Taiwan.

Robert Zamsky English Professor

Professor Zamsky has earned the 2020 Elizabeth Agee Award in American Literature for his book, Orphic Bend: Music and Innovative Poetics, published by the University of Alabama Press.

Research by the Numbers


Aquariums in the Pritzker Marine Biology Research Center


New College is the top public university for the percentage of graduates who earn PhDs

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Student Toni Ginsberg-Klemmt was one of ten college students in the nation whose invention garnered a 2021 Ozy Genius Award


Square feet of space for research and teaching in the Heiser Natural Sciences Complex

Office of Research Programs & Services

Did you know New College has an office dedicated to assisting students and faculty with research funding and support? Learn more about the Office of Research Programs & Services (ORPS).