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Indiana University Bloomington

Department of Biology

Undergraduate Studies

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Academic-Year Research Programs

  • X490 Independent Study gives students introductory experience with a research program, allows intensive inquiry into a field of study, prepares students for postgraduate study, and in some cases may fulfill Honors Degree requirements.
  • Biology Undergraduate Education Program funded by the College of Arts and Sciences
    • includes opportunities for freshmen and a capstone experience
    • open only to IUB undergraduates

Summer Research Programs

  • Biology Undergraduate Education Program funded by the College of Arts and Sciences
    • includes opportunities for freshmen, a summer institute, a capstone experience, and curriculum enhancement
    • open only to IUB undergraduates
  • CISAB REU Program funded by NSF
    • summer research experience in animal behavior
    • open to IU and non-IU undergraduate students
  • ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship and ASM-Microbiology Undergraduate Research Fellowship (for minority students) funded by American Society of Microbiologists
    • summer research experience
    • open to undergraduates and minority undergraduates, respectively, majoring in microbiology
    • interested applicants should contact their faculty mentor; IU faculty members are only able to sponsor IU undergraduates
  • IU Office of Sustainability Summer Internship Program in Sustainability
    • utilizes campus as a living-learning lab, enlisting students as researchers in investigating questions facing our community, such as: How do the ways in which our campus operates and consumes resources affect the social, environmental, and economic well being of our community? How is our campus impact connected to more complicated global issues like climate change, resource scarcity, and poverty? What opportunities do we have as individuals, institutions, communities, and governments to increase collective social and economic health? How do we best communicate these opportunities? How will we adapt and ensure all people have the ability to thrive in response to dynamic climate conditions and limitations on resources?
    • interns work 20 hours per week and are enrolled in a 1-credit seminar designed to provide a background in sustainability and a forum for collaborating
  • MURF Undergraduate Research Fellowship
    • summer research experience at California Institute of Technology
    • open to sophomore through non-graduating senior undergraduates
  • Amgen Scholars Program
    • summer research experience at California Institute of Technology
    • open to sophomore through non-graduating senior undergraduates
    • geared toward students in biology, chemistry, and biotechnology fields
  • Institute for Strategic Enhancement of Educational Diversity (iSEED) Summer Research Program
    • 10-week summer research experience at University of Buffalo: research, laboratory skills training, mentoring, stipend and housing, fun
    • open to undergraduates
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