Biological Sciences students can enter research laboratories as early as freshman year. The following steps will help students find a research opportunity that interests them and develops their skills as a scientist:
- Visit the Biological Sciences faculty listing. Students can learn about Biological Sciences professors and their research projects. When you have found a lab that matches your educational interests, contact information for each professor can be found on this page. Links to faculty websites can also be found here for more detail.
- Take advantage of events that promote undergraduate research. Students share their experiences in research at the Fall Undergraduate Research Fair in late October, at the College of Science Joint Annual Meeting in the spring semester, at Scientia Talk Science events, in the Uplift Mentoring Program, and more.
- Talk to other students already engaged in research. Upperclassmen have gone through the process that you are now undertaking and are eager to share their experiences with you. Your laboratory teaching assistants (TAs), Uplift mentors, and Biology Club members are all excellent sources for advice.
- Participate in introductory research courses. For students who are looking for research experience, or are not sure whether or not research interests them, the Department offers an Introduction to Undergraduate Research course in the spring semester. This course puts students in teams to work with a Notre Dame professor to develop and execute a real biological research project to produce novel results. Students will also learn how to read and analyze scientific papers and develop their presentation skills.
For more information contact Professor Michelle Whaley.