Hands-On Research Across Biological Disciplines

Undergraduate participation in original research is a central tenet of our philosophy as a department.

All faculty research labs are a direct collaboration between faculty members and our undergraduate students, giving our students the opportunity to engage in real scientific inquiry in a broad range of disciplines.  We provide four different levels of research courses to engage students during the academic year, as well as support summer scholars.  

Professional Results

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.  Ithaca College Biology and Biochemistry students annually participate in national and regional undergraduate conferences, particularly the National Conference on Undergraduate Research and the Eastern Colleges Science Conference, both of which have been hosted by Ithaca College in recent years.  Many students also join their mentors to present findings at professional scientific meetings, such as the Society for Neuroscience, the American Society of Plant Biologists, the Animal Behavior Society, and the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.  

Biology Research Opportunities Spring 2021

Research in Biology as an academic course is offered at three levels:

            BIOL 21000 – an initial research experience (normally 1-2 credits)

            BIOL 30200 – required 3 credit research course for the major

            BIOL 40000 – continuation of research following 302 (1-3 credits)

Read the project descriptions carefully.  Look at the faculty's full web pages for greater details.

If you are interested in any of these, please attend the session on Thursday, Oct 22nd at 4pm (ZOOM details are on the seminar page).  Each faculty member will have a Zoom session that you can attend any point in the 4-5 pm window to ask questions about their research.  In addition, the Biology Club with have a “students only” Zoom link with some current research students available to answer your questions and to give students a space to meet and discuss with other students.

To register for research:

You will need to fill out the electronic form.

  • Interested in BIOL 2100?  Talk to professors, identify your “top 3 choices” and fill out the form. The faculty members will contact you.
  • Need to take BIOL 30200?  Talk to professors, identify your “top 3 choices” and fill out the form
  • Want to continue in BIOL 40000?  Talk to your professor and fill out the form

Research assignments will be announced on Nov 6th, prior to course registration (which begins on Nov 10th).  All students who complete the form will receive an email with information on their research assignment.  If we are not able to assign you to one of your 3 choices for a lab for the Spring, you will receive notification as well as information on options.