Research Opportunities

Biology Undergraduate Research Opportunities- Laboratory Research and Distinction in Major

An important component of the undergraduate concentration in Biology is the opportunity for students to carry out a program of independent research under the guidance of a member of the faculty.  Undergraduate research allows for students to further develop analytical and critical thinking skills important for their present studies and future careers.  It also allows for maturity and for students to pinpoint where their particular interests may lie early in their academic career.  The departmental research program, which leads to Distinction in Major at graduation, is based on both grade point average and research participation (criteria are under the respective Course Descriptions). Students who complete the program present their work at a public poster session at the Department of Biology.

student presentation To be eligible for distinction, a student must retain a grade point average of 3.2 or better (overall and in the major); should register for Biology 4391 (Accelerated Research in Biology) or Biology 3481 (Extradepartmental Study) for a total of 6 sh over two semesters; and must write a final research paper and present his/her research at a departmental research poster session before graduation.  A student, however, does not have to enroll in the distinction program in order to participate in departmental research.  Other courses (Biology 3082, Independent Study, and Biology 3481, Extradepartmental Research) provide credit toward graduation and research experience, and are available to undergraduate students from their sophomore through their senior year.  A student may register for Biology 3082 or Biology 3481 more than one semester. In all cases, permission of the faculty and application to the department Honors Committee is required before registering for research credits.

For further information about these research programs, students should talk to any of the Biology Department faculty, and then register with Dr. Ralph Hillman, Rms 159, in the Biology/Life Sciences Building, or e-mail  (

For more detailed information, and application forms, click below.

Specific information

Biology Department Research Form

Biochemistry Research Form

Neuroscience Research Form


College Undergraduate Research Program (URP)

As part of its effort to encourage undergraduate participation in research, the College of Science and Technology is pleased to host the selective CST Undergraduate Research Program (URP), which provides research support to students and laboratories for two semesters of their research experience.

For more information, and applications, go to the link,

Scholarships and other Research & Internship Opportunities

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