Research in the Department of Biology is done using the most advanced tools, at all levels or biology, and on a broad range of organisms including microbes, fungi, plants, and animals. The Department has a proud history of providing research opportunities for undergraduate students. Students can begin working on research projects with faculty mentors as early as their first year. Research can provide valuable hands-on experience and skills that will help you succeed in your future career or education. Be proactive in your effort to secure a research position. There are many resources available to students interested in becoming involved in research at USU.
Facts and Figures
In 2019, 113 current biology majors reported being involved in undergraduate research, about 11% of all biology students.
- The average GPA of undergraduate researchers was 3.62, compared to an overall 3.30 average
- 41% of undergraduate researchers were women, which means that the 41% of biology majors that are women are well represented in undergraduate research
- 67% of undergraduate researchers were seniors
- 19% were juniors
- 11% were sophomores
- 3% were freshmen
- Over 70% of undergraduate researchers did not do research for class credit
- On average, half of the undergraduate researchers were in paid positions
The Utah State University Office of Research and Graduate Studies provides information about funding your research. These include the Undergraduate Research and Creative Opportunities (URCO) grant, summer URCO, funding for travel to conferences, and other ways to financially support your research.
Please visit the Office of Research and Graduate Studies website for more information on funding your research
Ideas to begin Research
Overall, being willing to do what it takes, keeping a good attitude, and showing up on time do wonders in forging excellent relationships with professors and graduate students.