Undergraduate Program

Research Opportunities

We offer several opportunities for our students to gain hands-on experience doing modern biological research.

Independent Research Courses in Biological Sciences (###395)

Independent research courses allow students to gain research experience in the laboratories of biological science labs on the River Campus or at the Medical Center, and earn academic credit during the school year.

Students in this course will work with a faculty research mentor, and write and submit a final report. For more information about registering for this course, finding a mentor, and course requirements, see the independent research course page. 

de Kiewiet Summer Research Fellowships

Juniors in UPBM can apply to the de Kiewiet Summer Research Fellowship program to gain research experience in the laboratories of biological science labs on the River Campus or at the Medical Center during the summer. Fellowship students work with a faculty mentor in their area of interest and will create and present a poster of their research findings at the UPBM Poster Session in October of their fellowship year.

The selection process is competitive as the number of research positions is limited. For more information about applying to the program, finding a research mentor and fellowship requirements, see the de Kiewiet Summer Research Fellowships page.

Honors in Research / Defending a Senior Thesis

UPBM majors with research of exceptional quality and a minimum biology GPA of 2.7 may apply to the honors in research program during their senior year.

To be considered for this program, students must have developed a novel body of work that includes publication-quality data from which to generate a senior thesis. Students in the program will write, present, and defend a senior thesis based on their work before a faculty examination committee.

See the honors in research page for more information.

Office of Undergraduate Research

Outside of the department the Office of Undergraduate Research is a great resource for getting research funding, learning about undergraduate research conferences, and more.