In addition to being an outstanding undergraduate institution, UR is also a major research university. One of the Rochester advantages is the opportunity for undergraduates to gain hands-on experience doing modern biological research.
Independent Research Courses in Biological Science (###395): Allows UR undergraduate students to gain research experience in the laboratories of biological science labs (on River Campus or in the URMC) and earn academic credit during the fall and spring semesters.
Students will need to find a faculty mentor who works within their area of interest and will agree to instruct a research course. Once a research mentor is obtained students will then need to go through the process of registering the course within the first two weeks of the semester. Find a research mentor.
All 395 students are required to write and submit a final report. It is the student’s responsibility to compose and upload the report through Blackboard by the last day of exams of the current semester.
de Kiewiet Summer Fellowships: Allows officially declared UR undergraduate UPBM majors in their junior year to gain research experience in the laboratories of biological science labs (on River Campus or in the URMC) during the summer. Students will need to find a faculty mentor who works within their area of interest and will agree to sponsor a summer project. Once a research mentor is obtained applicants will need to submit a letter of intent, compose a scientific research proposal and two essays that summarize their “professional experience” and “research career goals”. Candidates will also need ask two faculty to write letters of recommendation on their behalf. Research mentors will need submit a “statement of authorship” directly to the UPBM office. The selection process is competitive as the amount of research positions are limited. Find a research mentor.
Honors in Research / Defending a Senior Thesis: Receiving honors recognizes a student for outstanding accomplishments in research. Students majoring in the Undergraduate Program in Biology and Medicine (UPBM) with research of exceptional quality and a minimum biology GPA of 2.7 may apply for candidacy during their senior year. Candidates must have developed a novel body of work that includes publication quality data from which to generate a senior thesis. In addition, candidates must successfully present and defend their senior thesis before a faculty examination committee.
UR Office of Undergraduate Research: A quality undergraduate research experience is unparalleled in its effectiveness in bringing about an intellectual maturity in students and providing them with experience useful for academic and career path decisions. Undergraduate research develops problem-solving skills and promotes the integration of what students learn in the rather compartmentalized classroom experience. As a nurturing, tier-1 research institution with a world-class medical center and a strong research program, the University of Rochester is an ideal place for undergraduate research. The Office of Undergraduate Research exists to broaden and strengthen the undergraduate research program at the University through seeking to increase opportunities for undergraduate research, lower barriers to undergraduate research, and promote the recognition of quality undergraduate research and undergraduate research mentoring.
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