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Department of Biology

Undergraduate Studies

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Academic-Year Research Programs

  • L490 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.

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
  • National Cancer Insitute Integrative Cancer Biology Program funded by NIH
    • summer research experience in cancer research
    • open to IU and non-IU sophomore and junior undergraduate students
    • many participating faculty nation-wide, including Kenneth Nephew's lab in the IU Medical Sciences Program
  • 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
    • application deadline: February 14, 2014 (with recommendation requests sent by February 3)
  • 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
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) 2014
    • 10-week program at Medical University of South Carolina; participants perform at a graduate student level
    • mandatory seminar series
    • open to undergraduates with a very strong interest in biosciences and biomedical research who have completed two full years of college course work or have been involved in significant research opportunities by the time the internship begins; must have minimum GPA of 3.0
    • application deadline: January 31, 2014
  • University of Virginia Summer Research Internship Program (SRIP)
    • 10-week summer research internships for qualified undergraduates considering a career in biomedical research.
    • generous stipend, round-trip travel, and housing provided
    • application deadline: February 21, 2014
  • Broad Institute Summer Research Program in Genomics (SRPG)
    • paid 9-week summer research experience for qualified undergraduates with a commitment to biomedical research and an interest in genomics
    • paid housing and travel expenses
    • travel sponsorship to particpate in a national scientific conference
    • SRPG is funded to support undergraduates from minority groups that are underrepresented in the sciences; underrepresented groups include American Indians or Alaska Natives, blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, Native Hawaiians or Other Pacific Islanders, as well as individuals with disabilities.
    • application deadline: January 31, 2014
  • Center for Health Disparities and Molecular Medicine Undergraduate Training Program (UTP)
    • 9-week summer research internship at Center for Health Disparities and Molecular Medicine, an integral part of the Loma Linda University School of Medicine in California
    • competitive compensation on hourly basis
    • application deadline: March 1, 2014
  • Short-Term Training Program to Increase Diversity in Health-Related Research (STREAMS) Summer Research Program for Undergraduates
    • STREAMS trainees will spend 80% of their time here at Wright State University (Dayton, OH) in a laboratory conducting research from June 2 to July 31, 2014; they will also receive WSU academic credit.
    • Trainees gain valuable experience reading papers from the primary literature, presenting scientific talks, and exploring the social and ethical implications of scientific research.
    • Students will receive a $4000 stipend, travel to and from WSU, and free housing in a WSU apartment.
    • Application deadline: February 28, 2014
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)
    • Summer research experience at Drexel University College of Medicine for undergraduates (either a sophomore or a junior as of Spring 2014) interested in pursuing graduate training in the biomedical sciences.
    • Selection based on the student's academic undergraduate record, research experience, letters of recommendation, statement of research interests, and career goals.
    • $3,000 stipend paid directly to the student during the course of the program. Local campus housing will be provided for students not located within the Philadelphia area.
    • Application deadline: February 28, 2014
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