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Student Research and Internship Opportunities

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Flyer

Undergraduate Summer Research Flyer

Our Faculty Lightning Talks from Friday, 5/7/2021

Faculty Research Areas

Jennifer Apple - Arthropod Ecology

Travis Bailey - Regeneration and Stem Cells

Isidro Bosch - Aquatic Ecology

Sara Burch - Dinosaur Paleobiology

Ming-Mei Chang - Plant Molecular Biology

Robert Feissner - Cytochrome c biogenesis             

Mackenzie Gerringer - Deep-Sea Biology 

Kristi Hannam - Acoustic Ecology 

Gregg Hartvigsen - Modeling Biological Systems      

Harold Hoops - Cell Ultrastructure 

Elizabeth Hutchison - Microbiology     

Varuni Jamburuthugoda - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology       

Jani Lewis - Cancer Biology 

Jacob McCartney - Snake evolution

Kevin Militello - Molecular Microbiology

Susan Muench - Parasitology 

Hristina Nedelkovska - Immunology           

Josie Reinhardt - Evolutionary Genomics

Suann Yang - Community Ecology

How to Apply for Our Student Research Opportunities
  1. It's best to begin investigating departmental research opportunities during your sophomore year and begin the research during your junior year. You, of course, can begin earlier or later. Decide whether you really want to commit to doing research. Research is generally rewarding and challenging. Speak with your advisor if you would like to learn more about graduating with Biology honors which requires completing the honors program and honors thesis.
  2. Determine which professor appears to be the best qualified person to supervise you and your research. Start with the information provided by faculty members. Talk to them in person or begin your search by browsing our faculty research interest areas. Speaking with students in these labs also is really helpful.
  3. Determine whether there is room for you in the faculty member's lab. It's possible there is no room. If you are hardworking and have demonstrated the ability to work independently, you may have better luck. Note that some professors have ongoing projects with which students are involved, while other professors support students doing fully independent projects. Sometimes there are both going on at the same time.
  4. Arrange a time to meet with the professor to discuss research opportunities. Offer to provide an informal research plan or proposal. A one page research plan may help convince the professor you are serious about research. The research plan might be best based on what other students have done in that professor's lab. Check the professor's website to refine your ideas.
  5. Complete a Google application for consideration. Be sure to regularly visit the link to departmental research opportunities. You can also reach out to professors directly regarding research opportunities.
  6. Plan to complete your research project by presenting the work on G.R.E.A.T Day or at a professional conference and/or publish your science in a scientific journal.

Please be aware that students who do research will earn BIOL 299 credit and will be graded on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis for the first semester (this S/U credit does not count toward the Biology major elective credits). Students who complete BIOL 299 with an S grade are eligible to enroll in BIOL 399. Those students who complete BIOL 399 are eligible to enroll in BIOL 396. Completion of BIOL 299, BIOL 399, and BIOL 396 in the same research lab will count towards one of the upper level lab requirements.

External Internship/Research Opportunities

Summer Research Programs at New York institutions 

University at Buffalo CLIMB UP (STEM & Health Science, Feb 1)

University at Buffalo iSEED Undergraduate Summer Research Program (STEM, Feb 1)

University at Buffalo Summer Undergraduate Research Program (Biomedical Sciences, Jan 15)

University of Rochester Medical Center Summer Scholars Program (biomedical, Feb 28, underrepresented groups)

University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (Feb 7)

SUNY Upstate Medical University Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (Biomedical science, Feb 1)

University at Albany Summer Research Program (UASRP) (underrepresented students)

Gerstner Sloan Kettering Summer Undergraduate Research Program (biomedical sciences, Feb 1)

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Undergraduate Research Program (diverse fields, Jan 15)

NYU Simons Foundation-NYU Biology Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Summer programs in the Northeast

Jackson Laboratory Summer Student Program (genetics and genomics, Maine and CT, Feb 2)

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute Summer Student Fellowship Program (Massachusetts, Feb 5)

Ecology/environmental science focused summer research opportunities in the Northeast (also see NSF REUs)

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center summer intern program (will take recent grads)

Harvard Forest Summer Research Program in Ecology

Nationally distributed summer research programs

NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) sites

AmGen Scholars Program

NIH Summer Internship Program at NIEHS (National Institute of Environmental Health Services)

NIH Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Sciences

CDC Undergraduate Public Health scholars program – multiple institutions

Department of Energy Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships

Some additional compilations of nationwide summer research (and internship) opportunities:

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)

Pathways to Science:

From Columbia University:

From Johns Hopkins University:

From Cornell University:

From NCSU:

From Swarthmore University:

From Rochester Institute of Technology:



NYS Department of Environmental Conservation internships

Conservation and Land Management internships – Chicago Botanic Garden

Student Conservation Organization

Smithsonian National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute

Smithsonian Institution

Wildlife Conservation Society (mostly volunteer opportunities)

Longwood Gardens (post-graduate)

Public health/biomedical

Practical Learning Experiences in Public Health 


Local internship opportunities

Geneseo Chiropractic, Geneseo, NY

Lattimore Physical Therapy, Geneseo, NY