Research with Faculty in the Biology Department
The Biology Faculty maintain active research programs in a wide range of areas within the Biological Sciences. The research interests of the Biology faculty members may be accessed from the Faculty link to the left.
For opportunities to work with a Biology faculty member and participate in a research project, please contact individual faculty members.
Research projects may be undertaken for credit or may receive funding through grants organizations like Sigma Xi, Council on Undergraduate Research, American Society for Microbiology, and others. Other opportunities may exist, as well, so check with individual faculty members.
Undergraduate students may get credit for research by enrolling in the following courses (with departmental permission):
- BIO 495 Departmental Honors
- BIO 499 Independent Study and Research
Werth Center for Coastal and Marine Studies
The Werth Center for Coastal and Marine Studies enhances student and faculty engagement in coastal and marine environmental/ecological research and education. It provides undergraduate students with opportunities to engage in independent scholarship with faculty guidance. The center supports state-of-the-art models for science education and promotes cross-disciplinary collaboration in the sciences among students and faculty. The center enhances education at the University by fostering collaborative research and pedagogical initiatives among faculty across traditional academic departments in different disciplines. The interdisciplinary nature of coastal marine research provides students with opportunities to learn science by doing science. The University is located centrally along the heavily urbanized Connecticut coastline proximate to a variety of diverse natural habitats. This setting provides excellent opportunities for research and education focused on the pressures of human development and the need for the preservation of these natural habitats.
For more information, contact Vincent Breslin or Sean Grace or visit the Werth Center for Coastal and Marine Studies website.
Undergraduate students may get credit for research OUTSIDE the SCSU Biology Department for credit by enrolling in the following course (with departmental permission):
- BIO 497 In-Service Training in Biology
Undergraduates who wish to register for BIO497 or BIO499 must prearrange this with the Mentor and the Biology Department, by filling out the appropriate form:
- BIO 497 Internship Guidelines and Signature Sheet
- BIO497 Internship (with an Internal or External Agency) Application
- BIO499 Indep. Study, Dept. Policies & Research Guidelines
- BIO499 Information For Undergraduate Independent Study Under Guidance
- BIO499 Application for Independent Study
Many Other Off-campus Summer Research Opportunities for SCSU Undergraduates are available:
(All of these programs include a nice STIPEND, usually provide housing, vary in length, and have specific requirements and deadlines!)
- Yale BioSTEP (Biomedical Science Training and Enrichment Program)
- The Summer Medical & Dental Education Program for College Freshman & Sophomores (Yale also participates in this program)
- THE WebGURU website is a great starting place to learn about Undergraduate Research
- Research Experiences for Undergraduates through the Natl. Science Foundation
- U.Conn Undergraduate Summer Research Internship Program in Biological and Biomedical Sciences
- NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates site in Physiology and Neurobiology at the University of Connecticut
- U.Conn Med School, College Summer Fellowship Program
- AAMC GREAT Summer UG Research programs
- Summer Scholars Program
- University of Rochester Medical Center
- Hughes Summer Outreach Program at Wesleyan University, CT
- Germany (DAAD) Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE) Summer Research Program
- Tufts University: Department of BiologyREU Program
- NIH Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research
- CUNY-Hunter Summer Research Program
- Albert Einstein College of Medicine Summer Undergraduate Research Program
- NYU School of Medicine (Sackler Institute) Summer Undergraduate Research Program
- U.S. Dept. of Energy- Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships
This is not a complete list. Many of these were chosen because they are conveniently located on the East Coast.
There are literally hundreds of additional opportunities dedicated to traditionally underrepresented or minority students.
To find these, and additional summer undergraduate research programs, try using your favorite search engine with keywords like "summer undergraduate research." Good Luck! "A summer is a terrible thing to waste!"
Try spending your next one gaining hands-on, real-world scientific research experience-while getting paid, and having a lot of fun along the way. It will do wonders for your future.