Medford/Somerville, Mass. - Danilo Marchesini, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, meets with summer scholars Erin Kado-Fong, A17, and first-year PhD student Kalina V. Nedkova on July 12, 2016.

Tufts is ranked as an institution with "Highest Research Activity" by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education – its highest classification for degree-granting colleges and universities. Tufts is also a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), a consortium of America’s leading research universities noted for their accomplishments in education, research, and innovation.

Whether you are a research assistant, a member of a lab or research group, attend or participate in the Graduate Student Research Competition, or are looking for resources to embark upon your own line of research, you will find numerous opportunities to engage in exciting and career-building research at Tufts.

Contact your department for more information about the research opportunities available to you.

Teaching & Research Opportunities for Students

Students interested in pursuing a career in academia or teaching have many opportunities at the departmental level to practice and expand their skills as teaching assistants. Additionally, students may pursue the following opportunities to further their pedagogical skills:

Graduate Institute for Teaching (GIFT) 
The Graduate Institute for Teaching (GIFT), run out of the GSAS Office, is a two-phase program held each summer that is designed to prepare Tufts doctoral students for an academic career in teaching at the university level. 

Graduate Research Excellence at Tufts (GREAT)
Organized by the GSAS Dean's Office, GREAT is a three-week summer program that aims to cultivate outstanding graduate researchers.

Graduate Leadership in Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (GLIDE) program
GLIDE is designed to give GSAS graduate students the knowledge and practical tools to become effective change agents for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.

Writing Consultants and Academic Mentors
The StAAR Center (Student Accessibility and Academic Resource) at Tufts hires graduate students to work as Writing Consultants and Academic Mentors. Writing consultants work one-on-one with undergraduate and graduate students on a wide variety of academic writing projects in all disciplines, including papers for coursework, personal statements, senior honors theses, and graduate theses and dissertations. Academic Mentors provide workshops and coach undergraduate and graduate students in a wide variety of academic skills, including time management, studying and note-taking strategies, and more. Learn more

Osher Scholars
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Tufts offers graduate students the opportunity to design and teach courses to "third agers." In the past, Osher scholars have taught courses in Chicano art, Indian classical movement, e-learning, creative writing, and environmental sustainability.

Experimental College
The Experimental College (ExCollege) at Tufts University serves as a major focal point for educational innovation, expansion of the undergraduate curriculum, and faculty/student collaboration within Arts, Sciences, and Engineering.

The ExCollege seeks visiting lecturers each semester to teach small, participation- and discussion-based courses that engage Tufts undergraduates in an exploration of ideas shaping the world today. Experienced graduate students may fill out an application form through the ExCollege.

Graduate Engineering Teaching Training (GETT)
The Graduate Engineering Teaching Training (GETT) program is not currently being offered. We suggest graduate students consider the Finding Your Voice in Science Communication special topics course as an alternative to enhance their technical communication skills. An abridged version of GETT is offered during RA/TA training to all matriculating PhD students. Should a student feel they need a refresher, they are always welcome to join in those sessions led by Dr. Meredith Portsmore.

Research Highlights

Cameron Hollenbeck

Selling Hate

Cameron Hollenbeck, AG’23, MA in History, is exploring how a Japanese general helped spread antisemitism in early 20th century Japan.
Vi Nguyen

The Power of Research

Vi Nguyen, AG’23, MA in Child Study and Human Development, hopes to use research as a tool to create systemic change that positively impacts the lives of children and families.
PhD candidate Cesar Gomes and Associate Professor Mark Hempstead discuss at a whiteboard.

Advancing Cache Contention Analysis

A team including PhD candidate Cesar Gomes, Xuesi Chen, E22, and Associate Professor Mark Hempstead developed a way to improve cache contention analysis
PhD candidates Skye Edwards and Marvin Xavierselvan

Presenting Biomedical Research

Two graduate students from the iBIT lab within the Department of Biomedical Engineering won awards to share their research at prestigious conferences
Peyton Siler Jones

A Practical Visionary

Peyton Siler Jones, MA in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning '22, has had a lifelong passion for understanding the connections between social and ecological systems, which led her to Tufts.