A research experience is an important component of training in the sciences. Students have opportunities to pursue research projects and gain experience working with state-of-the-art instrumentation under the guidance of members of the biological sciences faculty through two courses or the development of an honor's thesis. Internships also serve as an excellent means to gain research experience.
BSCI 20196. Introduction to Individual Investigation, is a course for first or second year students who want an introduction to research under the direction of a faculty member. The course is S/U graded. More information and approval form.
BSCI 40196, Undergraduate Individual Investigation, is a course for those students who work with faculty mentors to develop a specific, extensive research project. The course is letter graded. More information and approval form.
The Senior Honors Thesis is an independent research project that may be an option for those students who wish to graduate with Honors from Kent State University. The research project is generally under the direction of a mentor in the Department of Biological Sciences. More information.
Students may also gain firsthand experience working in the biological sciences through an internship experience with a company or another academic institution. Internships are established by the student who identifies the internship partner. Internship announcements are posted in the department and through the biology newsletter; however students will need to actively seek positions on their own.
A cover letter, resume and letters of recommendation will be required to apply for most internships. The course BSCI 30005, Career Pathways in Biology, provides excellent instruction on the internship applications. The Kent State Career Services Center offers good information and advice on internships and resume writing. Internships may be paid or unpaid, during the academic year or during the summer. The internship experience may be done for academic credit with departmental approval. More information and approval form.
Summer internships are available throughout the country. Some co-ops are paid internships that provide a stipend and room-and-board in a multiple-week summer session. Support is provided by the academic institution or grants from scientific organizations or from the National Institutes of Health or the National Science Foundation.
An excellent source of information about co-ops and internships is provided by the Rochester Institute of Technology for all areas of the biological and biomedical sciences. The National Science Foundation also provides information on their programs of "Research Experiences for Undergraduates.