The Biology Department is actively involved in the Honors Program, and many undergraduate students carry out independent research projects under the guidance of faculty members with national and international reputations in their fields. Students can use these research experiences to obtain academic credit through Independent Study (BIOL 3990 and BIOL 4990) and also to fulfill the requirements for graduation with Honors in Biology.
To get involved in a research project, students should contact an individual faculty member to inquire about available openings. Students are strongly encouraged to apply for research-related scholarships. These include scholarships offered by the Department of Biology and the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), which is administered by the Honors College but is open to all students. Many students also participate in the annual Undergraduate Research Day, a one-day conference, hosted by the Honors College, that showcases outstanding undergraduate research and creative activity for an audience of other students, faculty, and parents.