Tracings of Dynamic Cell Shape Changes with (left) and without (right) a Critical Protein (Bob Goldstein Lab)
The Biology Department is home to a thriving and diverse program in undergraduate research. BIOL 295, 395, 395H and 495 are available to Biology majors/2nd majors only. Faculty, postdocs, and graduate students serve as research mentors to undergraduates within the department and in related disciplines throughout the university. This program provides opportunities for advanced undergraduates to conduct cutting edge research in the laboratory and field.
Hands-on research experience provides motivated students with the opportunity to enrich their educations and develop their early careers. Many students have had the chance to publish their research in top journals (summarized in a list of undergraduate co-authored papers). Students often develop long-term professional relationships with their mentors and go on to rewarding and productive careers in various academic disciplines. We recommend that you begin your research experience as early as practical after gaining sufficient background through core coursework (you must have completed either BIOL 201 or 202 before you start your research for credit), to allow time for the completion of a significant research project. You may choose to start work in your research area as a volunteer during your first year at UNC. Most labs have their own websites and they welcome volunteers. Be proactive and seek out your own research path!
In addition to providing professional rewards, participation in the undergraduate research program also offers academic credit toward completion of requirements for the biology major. In a typical semester, the department has over 130 undergraduate Biology majors doing research for course credit. Other students work in laboratories for pay or on a volunteer basis; however you can’t get paid and get academic credit at the same time in the same lab.
In the left-side navigation menu you will find more details about the research opportunities in Biology.
Note that BIOL 395/495 is offered all semesters – Fall, Spring, Summer School I and Summer School II.
BIOL 395H is offered in Fall & Spring only. Students must attend a weekly class in addition to their research. There is no BIOL 495H.
Applications for research are due the first day of classes – final research papers are due the last day of classes – all semesters.