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Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research

Students are encouraged to do undergraduate research if they plan on being a research scientist (going on for an M.S. or Ph.D.), plan on working in a research laboratory with a B.S. degree, or plan on attending medical school.

The prime time to begin research is typically semester 4 or 5. Beginning in semester 6 is also reasonable, particularly if students plan to stay at Texas State in the summer. Some students may wish to begin sooner, particularly, if they know that they want a research career. Beginning in semester 7 is generally too late to do a project, but one may learn a great deal about research by sitting in on the activities of a research laboratory.

Students can take Undergraduate Research (BIOL 4299) for research credit.

  • A list of Biology faculty is available on the Faculty and Staff page.
  • Students will need to decide on a research mentor, meet individually with that mentor and if an agreement is reached then the student should register for the course under the advisor's name.
  • While a student may inquire with a potential mentor about research opportunities, sometimes faculty actively recruit students for projects that may have funding. You may find these positions advertised around the Department (Supple Building) or described on the individual faculty member's webpage.
  • Additionally, there is a small amount of funding available in the spring for undergraduate research from the Francis Rose Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research.
  • Undergraduate students may also have the opportunity to present their research at the Biology Department's annual Tri-Beta Research Colloquium (typically held in February each year), Honors College Undergraduate Research Conference, and the Women in Science and Engineering Conference.
  • In addition to funding from the Biology Department, the university also has funding available for research projects of undergraduate students. The funding is awarded on a competitive basis.