As a student in the biological sciences, you'll have many opportunities to engage in scientific research. You may join the many students who remain on campus during the summer to work with faculty on research projects. If so, you'll receive a stipend and free housing.

Typically you'll work in small research groups on a particular project. Projects may involve work in the laboratory, the field or both.

Recent projects include:

  • laboratory studies in population genetics
  • molecular genetics
  • developmental genetics
  • cell cycle and cellular differentiation
  • bacterial communities in estuaries
  • bird populations

Although stipends are frequently paid from faculty research grants, you may also apply for support from two funds, the Keck Undergraduate Science Program or the A. W. Mellon Environmental Research Fund. You can also apply for support to work on environmental research on campus or at another institution through the Goodwin-Niering Center. Recently many students have participated in internships at the Mystic Aquarium, which is a short drive from campus.

You may also continue working on a research project during the academic year as an independent study course or senior honors thesis.

When you make a major contribution to a research project, you'll be given the opportunity to present your results at scientific meetings and become a co-author on scientific papers. And with substantial research experience, you'll be more likely to be accepted into highly selective graduate programs, as have many of our students.