Students looking for a first experience in a lab often join by taking BIOL 210. 210 is often used as a chance to get familiar with the techniques of a lab without the pressure of a full 3-credit project. Students may have their own small project or collect data in support of other lab members, depending upon the research group. Most faculty prefer to start students in a single credit of 210, translating to a commitment of roughly 3 hours a week. Motivated first-year students may be accepted into a lab in their first spring term. BIOL 210 can be a great way to get introductory experience in several different research labs.
How do you get into a lab? Just talk to the faculty member whose lab you are interested in! It can be as easy as an email or stopping by their office. Each term we also have an informal research Meet & Greet one Thursday as part of our seminar series.