All students who attend Moravian College are encouraged to complete at least one independent research project. The SOAR program and the Honors program were both established at Moravian College to help students achieve this goal. In addition, federally funded internships are available through the National Science Foundation.
The Honors Program is one of Moravian College's best kept secrets. Students accepted to the program complete two full semesters of original, independent research and writing a comprehensive summary of their results. Students defend their Honors thesis for one hour in front of a panel of five faculty members.
Student Opportunities for Academic Research is a Moravian College program that provides research stipends, housing, and travel allowances to students. SOAR projects generally last for one 15-week academic semester or 10 weeks in the summer. A written review of the student's progress is submitted to the faculty advisor at the conclusions of the project.
The National Science Foundation's Research Experience for Undergraduates program provides students with research stipends and housing for 10 to 15 week summer research projects. In addition, the NSF maintains a database of all the universities, colleges, businesses that are accepting undergraduate help.