All members of the faculty have ongoing research projects and welcome student interest and involvement in these projects (see Faculty Research). Faculty encourage biology majors to conduct their own research by participating in the undergraduate research program within the department. Participation in this program includes completion of Introduction to Biological Research (Biol 392) and one or two units of Senior Thesis (Biol 491). Biology 392 teaches students how to design a research project and communicate scientific information. Students use this knowledge as they design their own research projects in conjunction with faculty members and as they present their results at the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium at the conclusion of their work. A list of senior theses shows the variety of research projects that have been undertaken in recent years.
Students have the opportunity to start their research during the summer before their senior year by applying for the Summer Research Grants in Science and Mathematics. This $3250 grant is awarded on a competitive basis to students to conduct research with a faculty member. Students are expected to work full-time for 10 weeks on their project, and then present their findings to the campus community in a poster session during fall semester.
In addition, the University Enrichment Committee awards up to $500 to full-time students for research during the academic year. These Student Research Awards are evaluated by a faculty-student panel, and awards are made on a competitive basis.
Please go to our Links page for summer research opportunities and graduate fellowships.