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Geneseo Biology Student Research

Student Research at SUNY Geneseo

So, you want to do research in a Biology Professor's lab?

Be sure to check out our Faculty Lightning Talks from Friday, 5/7/2021

Complete a Google application for consideration by 11:59 p.m. on August 31, 2021. If you are not matched for a research experience on this round of applications, please keep your eyes open for more opportunities to apply. Be sure to regularly visit the link to current available research positions below. You can also reach out to professors directly regarding research opportunities.

* Please be aware that students who do research credit 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, and those 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. 

Currently available research positions.

Here are the steps we generally recommend you take:

  1. It's best to begin investigating research opportunities during your sophomore year and begin the research during your junior year. You, of course, can begin earlier or later!
  2. 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.
  3. 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 faculty websites. Talking to students in these labs also is really helpful.
  4. 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.
  5. Arrange a time to meet with the professor to discuss research opportunities. Offer to provide an informal research plan or proposal. A research plan (no more than one page) will help convince the professor you are serious about research (it'll likely be modified later). This might be best based on what other students have done in that professor's lab. Check the professor's website to refine your ideas.
  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.