Research Opportunities and Internships

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 Individual Investigation or the development of an honor's thesis (must be in the Honor’s College).

Undergraduates who are interested in gaining valuable hands-on research experience are encouraged to get involved with one of the many research labs available in the Department of Biological Sciences as well as those available through NEOMED. We do recommend that a student start out as a volunteer in a research laboratory before pursuing an Individual Investigation for credit.

Please CLICK HERE for current undergraduate openings in one of the many research laboratories. Note: You can only apply to the existing labs that have seats available.

Individual Investigations

BSCI 20196. Introduction to Individual Investigation, is a course for students with a minimum of 8 credit hours of biology course work who want an introduction to research under the direction of a faculty member. The course is S/U graded.

Download the BSCI 20196 Introduction to Individual Investigation Form

BSCI 40196, Undergraduate Individual Investigation, is a more advanced research course for those students who work with faculty mentors to develop an extensive and independent research project. The course is letter graded.

Download the BSCI 40196 Individual Investigation 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 but must register through the Honor's College.


Students may also gain practical work related experiences working in the biological sciences through an internship 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. 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.

An excellent source of information about 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 available Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU).  Information about internships in Ohio can be found at Ohio Means Internships.

Download the BSCI 40192 Internship in Biological Sciences Form