Research Opportunities are ALIVE at RIC!
Attention RIC Undergraduate and Graduate Students:
Want to get your hands on biology? Now you can get participate in the many
research opportunities in the RIC Biology Department.
Although a research project is required for some degree candidates (for example,
Secondary Education Majors in Biology), it is optional for others. Engaging in
and completing a research project will provide valuable hands-on experience in
the sciences that will enhance the marketability of your RIC degree, whether you
choose to continue your education or enter the workforce directly after
Get Credit and/or Get Paid!
Research may be undertaken at either the undergraduate or the graduate level.
Undergraduates may register for up to four credits per semester in Biology
491-494: Problems in Biology. This would serve as a biology elective. Up to four
credits are allowed for a standard degree, while up to six credits are allowed
for students eligible for Department Honors. Graduate students may register for
up to six credits per semester for a total of six credits per degree in Biology
691-696: Directed Research. In addition, some faculty have funds to pay student
researchers. In this case, the student does not need to register for credit.
Instructor approval is necessary before the student can register for any
research course. There is an "Application for Independent Study and/or Directed
Study" form that must be filled out and submitted by November 15th if the
research project is to be undertaken in the spring, and by April 15th if the
project is to be undertaken in the summer or fall. This form includes a proposal
section where the project, the evaluation procedure, and meeting times are
described. Depending upon the instructor, the student may have to develop this
proposal section on his or her own. Also, some instructors prefer to have
research students begin laboratory work long before the independent
study/directed research officially begins.
Unlike most courses with set meeting times, the amount of time required to
complete a research project will vary. A general rule of thumb is to allow about
three hours per week per credit. It is often extremely difficult, if not
impossible, to complete a project in a semester if the student is taking a full
course load and working off-campus. Therefore it is common for students to
receive a grade of "I" (incomplete), which will be converted to a letter grade
once the project is completed.
Contact Us Today!
There are several ways to find a research project and a research advisor.
Probably the best way is to approach the faculty member directly. To get you started, Biology Faculty
is a link to the faculty listings within the Biology Department. All contact information and faculty research interests can be found here. Also, there is usually a Biology Mixer in the fall, where faculty will discuss their projects with students. Finally, keep watch for specific research opportunities posted near the Biology Department Office located in FLS 252. Once an
interesting project is found, the student should meet with the faculty member to
discuss potential projects in more detail. Occasionally, research may be
performed at an outside location with a faculty member serving as a sponsor.
Biosafety, Ethical Research Practices, and Animal Care Training
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