Biology Research

two students working together on a biology project

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:

  1. BIO 497  Internship Guidelines and Signature Sheet
  2. BIO497  Internship (with an Internal or External Agency) Application
  3. BIO499 Indep. Study, Dept. Policies & Research Guidelines
  4. BIO499 Information For Undergraduate Independent Study Under Guidance
  5. 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!)

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.