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We are excited to work with you to discover something new!


As a Biology or Environmental Science Major, you will work in small groups with faculty researchers to engage in independent field or laboratory research. Doing hands-on research is one of the best ways to learn about science. And, participating in undergraduate research is a requirement for many career options in the environmental and the health sciences. You’ll develop close relationships with faculty and get meaningful references. Independent research projects also show employers and graduate programs that you can pose questions, think creatively, solve problems, and collaborate with others.


We support you through the whole process… from identifying your interests to presenting your results. You’ll start with an Introduction to Biology Research course to get your bearings and find the right opportunity. You will then focus for a semester (or more) on a research project in which you work closely with a faculty mentor. Finally, you’ll consider the importance of your research in a “capstone” course that draws in the whole department. We emphasize close relationships with faculty mentors, collaboration with other students, and reflection on the importance of your research to science and your own future.


Student research topics are as diverse as our faculty—from medical microbiology to community ecology. All of our science faculty are practicing researchers who enjoy involving students in their projects. Other students take a semester, or a summer, to do research away from the Edgewood College campus in research internships. You can get credit for doing research, or even paid for your time. Grants and research stipends are available from the College to help fund student projects. Travel awards are also available for students who wish to attend and/or present their research at regional or national conferences.


For more on our Edgewood College Biology Faculty, click here .