Students are encouraged to go beyond classwork and search for work experience opportunities. Faculty regularly accepts undergraduates into their research laboratories for independent study projects and as part of ongoing work.
To find out more about undergraduate research opportunities, visit the Undergraduate Research at Cornell and Undergraduate Research in Biology websites. Use this site as a starting point for learning about the diverse opportunities for undergraduate research at Cornell. To search for faculty to work with, browse the graduate field and the Faculty and Research pages and try out the Research Mentor search engine at the Undergraduate Biology site.
Undergraduate Research Programs at Cornell
Honors Program - The Honors Program in biological sciences is designed to offer advanced training in laboratory and field research through the performance of an original research project under the direct guidance of a member of the Cornell faculty
Hughes Scholars Summer Program - This program is open to Sophomores and Juniors. Students spend nine weeks engaged in full-time research at Cornell (June to August). During the program students will present and discuss their work in a seminar series and poster session. Students will also participate in a series of lectures, chemical safety training, and various recreational activities. Each participant in the Hughes Scholars Program will receive a summer stipend.
Leadership Alliance Summer Program - The Leadership Alliance supports a number of programs, with the Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP) being the largest in scope. The SR-EIP offers undergraduate research opportunities at universities for 8 to 10 weeks. These programs provide students with the opportunities to do research under the guidance of a faculty or research mentor at a participating Alliance institution or corporate sponsor.