Department of Biology
Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research in Biology

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Independent Research for Credit (Biology 499R)

The Undergraduate Research Program in Biology provides an opportunity to learn the process of science, and thereby apply knowledge that has been gained in classes. Students typically work under the direction of a faculty member engaged in biological research for at least two semesters, for 4 credit hours each semester.  Biology 499R is not offered in the summer. You may take Biology 499R for multiple semesters, but Biology 499R may be used to satisfy only one elective and an upper level lab towards the Biology major after successful completion of the second semester of Biology 499R. You are expected to identify a research mentor prior to registering for Biology 499R. See the information on getting started in undergraduate research, above, for suggestions on how to find a mentor.  Students must complete a registration form and mentors must verify their commitments to students prior to enrollment for the course, which requires a permission number.

For additional information, please see the following:
·         Student Information Packet

The Director of Undergraduate Research is Dr. Nicole Gerardo, 1111 Rollins Research Center, ngerard(at)emory(dot)edu

Honors Research

For students with an overall and Biology major GPA of 3.5 or higher, the research experience can be combined with a written thesis towards graduation with Honors.  Learn more about the Honors Program.

Research Program at Emory

The College office for Undergraduate Research Programs (URP) runs the Scholarly Inquiry and Research Experience (SIRE) program. You can receive credit or, if eligible, be paid through work-study. The program is available to rising second and third year students. Students do not need previous research experience and do not need to have identified a research mentor in advance. The application for the program is typically in May.
The URP also runs the 10-week long Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program. This program is highly selective, and you must work with an identified mentor to write a research proposal for your application. Applications are due near the very beginning of the spring semester.
The Initiative to Maximize Student Development (IMSD) provides fellowships for students from background underrepresented to participate in research. In additional, all students can participate in IMSD activities that are designed to support help students develop as scientists.
The URP website also provides resources to help you find other research opportunities.

The Summer Internship Program

For those interested in doing research outside of a university setting in the summer, you may want to consider The Summer Internship Program offered through the Office for Undergraduate Education. This program provides an opportunity for students to earn one hour of academic credit in a field related to their course of study.  This credit hour appears on the Emory College transcript and counts toward hours needed to graduate.  There is a small application fee.

Petit Undergraduate Scholar Program

The application process for Petit Scholars opens in August and ends in September.  

Program Outline
Once selected to participate in the year-long program, scholars are matched with a research project from a list submitted by prospective graduate/postdoc mentors.  Scholars will conduct research beginning in the following spring semester while taking their regular coursework.   During this time, they acquire the necessary skills and training needed to develop their research projects and chart their course for the upcoming year.   In the summer semester, scholars conduct their research full time (40 hours/week) immersing themselves in the research, integrating into the research group, and attending group meetings and other lab activities.  When classes resume in the final fall semester, the scholars continue their research to develop results to present at the end-of-year poster session and celebration in December.

For more information, click here.  The Biology faculty contact is Dr. Nicole Gerardo , 1111 Rollins Research Center, 404-727-0394.

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