College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

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Our faculty researchers in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics are renowned in their fields.

Work alongside them in their labs as early as your freshman year. Not many universities offer these opportunities. It sets us apart.

Areas of Research Excellence

The University of Toledo identified three Areas of Research Excellence in which faculty members are recognized nationally for contributions to their fields. All three areas are driven by researchers in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

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Astronomy and Astrophysics

Solar energy researchers

Solar Energy, Water Quality and Sustainable Technologies

Researcher Rafael Garcia-Mata

Cell Architecture and Dynamics



Undergraduate and graduate students should contact faculty directly to ask about research opportunities in their labs.


Office of Undergraduate Research

The Office of Undergraduate Research is your resource for undergraduate research.

  • Helps you find research opportunities
  • Funds research and creative activities
  • Assists you in finding ways to highlight your work and funds travel to conferences

Office of Undergraduate Research


Gracie Siffer

Class of 2022, Biochemistry

“I am a junior Biochemistry student interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Biochemistry. I have been training in a brand-new biochemistry lab at the University of Toledo since my freshman year. I have had the privilege of seeing how a lab gets established, all the way from chemicals in boxes to working on radioactive experiments. One of the best parts of working in the lab is being able to apply the concepts we learn in class directly to hands-on problems. I love what I do.”


Allen Williams

Class of 2020, Mathematics and Computer Science and Engineering (dual degree)

"I have grown as a student, as a researcher and as a person [at UToledo]. I was fortunate to meet many amazing and caring mentors who provided me with opportunities to participate in research in both mathematics and computer science. I worked as a member of a team on exciting and practical projects . My project was selected for presentation in the 2019 Young Mathematicians Conference at Ohio State University. I also have worked in the R1 advanced simulation and gaming studio. I traveled to Argonne National Labs to participate in the Cyber Force Cyber Security Competition along with a few other undergraduate and graduate students, where we attempted to secure a website against professional attackers."


Alexander Bordovalos

Class of 2020, Physics

"My undergraduate research at the Wright Center for Photovoltaics Innovation and Commercialization inspired me to continue my work in the solar industry, and I developed many pragmatic skills that supplemented my theoretical classwork."


Sarah Harmych

Class of 2020, Biology

“My freshman year I took advantage of a summer research grant. It didn’t take long for me to fall in love with research. I continued to work in the lab for the remainder of my undergraduate career and was even given the opportunity to contribute to a research paper.”

Last Updated: 7/20/23