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Undergraduate Research

All of our biology faculty maintain research programs in which students are active collaborators with many opportunities to participate in biological research. From microbial genetics to ecosystem dynamics, students explore new ideas and integrate biological knowledge while gaining experience with techniques in cutting-edge laboratory research.

Research Opportunities

Students participate in research both during the academic year and summer, working either at Trinity or at other universities or research institutions. Depending on the time of involvement and the nature of the project, students may have the chance to receive course credit or a stipend for their work. In the summer, students are provided with free housing in the Trinity residence halls.

Many students choose to participate in research during the semester, and while some choose to volunteer, most enroll in 1-3 hours of course credit (BIOL 3-90) for independent study. After securing a research position in a lab, you are strongly encouraged to discuss these options with your research mentor.

The biology department also has a large and active summer research program. There are several mechanisms through which students can participate. In particular, the biology department has funding from the following programs:

  • The McNair Scholars Program provides graduate school preparation, including research support, for first-generation students and those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Faculty in the department also have individual research grants that fund summer research from institutions such as NIH, NSF and USDA. Positions through these grants are offered on a case by case basis.