Research Opportunities for Undergraduates in Biology

Undergraduate students may register for the following courses to earn academic credit for research:

BIOL 4960   Independent Study (pass/fail, no prerequisite)
BIOL 4980   Advanced Independent Study (regular letter grade, students must complete at least 6 hours of 3000+ level Biology course work prior to registering for BIOL 4980)

NOTE: B.S. Biology Majors may count up to 4 hours of research credit toward the 35 hours of upper division Biology classes needed to complete their degree.  B.A. Biology Majors may count up to 3 hours of research credit.  Research for credit does NOT count toward the 12 credit hours of upper division Biology classes needed to complete a Biology Minor.  

Students may conduct research under the direction of a a faculty member from the Department of Biology.  We also encourage students to pursue opportunities outside of the department with faculty at affiliated departments or institutions, including the Saint Louis University School of Medicine, SLU's Center for World Health and Medicine, the Saint Louis Zoo, and the Missouri Botanical Garden. Click on the links below to learn more. 

SLU Med School Research Lab Links: Contains web addresses to research departments and individual laboratories at SLU Medical School.

The faculty mentor should complete this form with the student and submit it to the Biology Department.

Summer research experiences:

Many universities offer special summer research experiences for undergraduate students from outside universities. These programs typically offer students room, board, and a small stipend.  Most programs have applications deadlines ranging from early January until Mid March, but vary by program.  If you are interested, please review the following presentation: How to find a Summer Research Experience - Presentation by Dr. Valone (Updated Fall 2014).  

Students interested in summer research opportunities and internships in the area of biology, conservation, and sustainable agriculture should review the following presentation given by Dr. Allison Miller (Fall 2017):

Other summer research opportunities:

Chicago Botanic Garden Summer Conservation and Land Management Internship Program: 

To update information on this site or to request more information, please contact Dr. Lindzy F. Dodson in the Department of Biology.

Lindzy Dodson,
Nov 15, 2014, 4:59 PM