There are several resources available at Columbia University that allow undergraduate students (CC, SEAS and GS) to explore, develop, create, and implement potential research ideas. Spaces have also been made available to encourage collaboration between peers, faculty, and alumni.
Columbia Entrepreneurship Design Studio
Location: Room 403, 645 W 120th Street
The Design Studio is a central place for information about the entrepreneurship ecosystem at Columbia University. Students are provided a space to explore and problem solving in an entrepreneurial and collaborative way with their peers, alumni, and faculty.
Columbia Makerspace (CMS)
Location: 254 Mudd Building
CMS, also known as the Innovation Hub, provides a wide variety of tools for students to use, and a space in which they can work. Students can share ideas, collaborate, and see their projects come to life. Resources include 3D printers, a variety of electronics such as a Oscilloscope, hand tools, sewing machines, and a laser cutter as well as software programs.
Columbia University Libraries Journals
Columbia University Libraries Journals and Digital Scholarship support the creation, discovery, and dissemination of quality open-access research. There are several journals published at Columbia, including three focused on undergraduate publications: Consilience, Columbia Undergraduate Research Journal, and the Columbia Undergraduate Science Journal. Students who are interested in publishing their research or starting their own journal will find information and resources here.
Digital Scholarship at Columbia
Location: 208A Butler Library
Digital Scholarship provides support for every stage of the research cycle - planning, designing, and implementation. There are several resources available to students interested in digital humanities, open science, podcasting and publishing, integrating digital methods into research, or enhancing computational skills.
Digital Science Center
Location: 401 Northwest Corner Building
The Digital Science Center provides a wide range of software to support research and coursework in several disciplines. All of the software in the Digital Science Center is available for use on the computers located in the Science & Engineering Library. Some licensed applications are available for personal download, see website for details.
SEAS Design Challenges
Design Challenges offer students the opportunity to bring theory to practice as they work on solutions to current day problems. The goal of design challenges is to produce a viable design-concept (could include a rough prototype, if possible) to win continued support toward development of an interdisciplinary technology-driven solution. The nature of the challenge changes annually.
The Columbia Startup Lab
Location: WeWork Soho West at 69 Charlton Street
The Columbia Startup Lab (CSL) has been headquarters to more than 250 Columbia-founded startups and over 350 members. CSL offers subsidized office space for early startups as well as programming developed with the specific asks and needs of each cohort. Teams with at least one founding member who has graduated from Columbia University before the team’s move in date are encouraged to apply. For more information about the space, onsite programming, and how to apply visit CSL online.