Summer Research

Summer research (BIOL-30200) is available. There is no guarantee of faculty sponsorship, and summer research for credit must be arranged well ahead of time with the faculty sponsor. Students will give their research presentation and submit a written report in the subsequent fall semester. Students choosing this option may not receive pay for their summer work.

Noncredit Summer Research: A student who conducts summer research in an internship or other paid position in the biology department may petition to the Curriculum Committee to waive the 302 requirement. The student must make up the three credits in another biology course. Students will give their research seminar during the subsequent fall semester.

The Department of Biology offers a number of summer research opportunities for biology and biochemistry majors. There may be a waiting list for some labs.

Funding is available.  For details, people check with the the Department Chair or faculty member you are interested in working with.

The starting date depends on the program and the research supervisor. The programs are typically 8-10 weeks of full-time research. Students who participate in the summer research program in the department will receive a stipend of between $3000-3500. The student is responsible for housing and food costs. Since the research is full-time, it is expected that the student will have no other outside employment or summer school courses.

These positions were made possible through a variety of funding sources including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), USDA (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture), Biodiversity Research Grant, Clinton-Ford Endowment, Ithaca College DANA Student Intern Program (applications due early in February), New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG), and State Wildlife Grants. 

Read the project descriptions carefully, and discuss projects that interest you with faculty members. Be sure to get specific information about the project, time required, what is expected of you, type of techniques used, background required. Please note that some of the projects will not be carried out at Ithaca College and, therefore, require travel to study sites.


Petitions to the Biology Curriculum Committee

Petitions to waive the 302 requirement must be received by the Curriculum Committee at the completion of the research project. A petition to the Curriculum Committee must include the following items:

  • a formal cover letter requesting a waiver of 302
  • a copy of the research report
  • a letter from the off-campus research supervisor describing your role in the research and an evaluation of your work
  • a filled out course waiver/substitution form (available from the registrar's office or biology office)

The Curriculum Committee reserves the right to deny acceptance of a waiver petition if it feels that the student has not demonstrated completion of an appropriate research experience.

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