Every faculty member can mentor undergraduates in field or laboratory research. The simplest way to connect with research labs is for students to explore faculty research pages and then meet with faculty working in areas of mutual interest.
Students can work in a lab for one semester or for several years. Most lab work by undergraduates is done for credit toward a degree, but in some cases, students can be paid through federal work study or other research funds. Students interested in a research career or who seek a more comprehensive experience should apply to the Biology Department Honors Program (applications available in the Undergraduate Office). Honors students work on their own project for at least 2 years supervised by a faculty member or senior member of the research team. Students will write and defend an honors thesis in front of a faculty committee who will determine whether the student earns a degree with Honors or with High Honors. All honors students should apply to the College for funding through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant to support research, travel, and publications.