Undergraduates participate in research in several ways and can receive academic credit, either as an Independent Study (Biol 303 or 403), as an Honors project, or as part of an academic course with a research component. Biology students frequently apply for paid summer research positions, with William and Mary professors or at other institutions. Hands-on research experience is one of the most effective ways to learn about science, and is increasingly essential to students preparing for graduate programs or technical jobs.
Every Biology major is encouraged to get involved in undergraduate research. Over half of our Biology majors do supervised undergraduate research on campus, and almost as many get experience in one or more summer research programs elsewhere (e.g., National Institutes of Health summer internships or National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates programs). Information about off-campus research opportunities is available through the Cohen Career Center.