As part of the biology major, all students carry out one semester of research under the supervision of a faculty member in the department. Undergraduate participation in original research gives students the chance to experience firsthand what the science of biology is really about. A variety of research is conducted in the Department of Biology.
Research efforts by majors in the department often result in publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Over the past five years, 40 undergraduates in the program coauthored scientific papers. Seventy students in the last three years have given research presentations at professional scientific meetings, including the highly competitive National Conference on Undergraduate Research.
Students may complete the research requirement by conducting research on campus during either the academic year or the summer. In both cases, the student must submit a written report describing the project and its outcome. In addition, the student must give an oral presentation describing his/her research at a departmental seminar at the end of the research period.
- View the links to the left for the various types.