Research and internships can be done on a volunteer basis, for credit, or sometimes paid. There are even opportunities to obtain a research certificate and apply for research fellowships. Select the links below for more information.
Your professors in departmental courses may also be prominent research scientists, with labs in Langley, Clapp, Crawford, and the Life-Sciences-Annex. We strongly encourage students to become a part of faculty research and to develop projects with faculty. There are also internship opportunities where students can shadow or work with professionals in non-research related aspects to obtain valuable experience. According to our former undergraduate students involved in research and internships, some of the best benefits are:
- Research & internships help you decide which paths to pursue after your undergraduate career.
- If graduate or professional school is in your future, they help you prepare. Most schools and employers want to see that you have research experience.
- You will get to work with faculty, graduate students, and professionals, and get to know your professors better.
- You will gain useful experience and learn problem solving skills that cannot be learned reading a textbook.
- You will become especially adept at using the scientific method and generating your own hypotheses.
- Research aids in your understanding of class material.
- You will read many journal articles during your research experience and develop the ability to understand scientific literature.
- You will sharpen writing and presentation skills by presenting your research.
- Undergraduate research and internships are a great resume builder no matter what your career goals. Research faculty and employers can be great references.