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Research Opportunities

student presenting research and conducting research
Because of the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, not only did I get to focus on what I love for entire summer, but I also got a chance to learn new techniques that I will be able to take with me to graduate school and beyond.
Elizabeth McFadden
BMB Student, Class of 2020


The Department offers students the opportunity to perform undergraduate research and work with faculty on cutting-edge research projects.  Approximately 80 undergraduates enroll in Independent Research each semester and gain valuable experience working in a lab.


Departmental Research Opportunities

Student presenting research at a poster session

Independent Research

Students have the opportunity to do research in a research lab under the mentorship of a BMB faculty member. In addition, students who engage in research for 3 semesters or 2 semesters plus a summer can write a thesis and apply for a certificate  in research distinction (SCIRES).

TA and instructor look at bacterial plate

First Year Research Experiences

BMB offers exciting opportunities for students to engage in early research experiences.

Boucke Building


Penn state offers a number of resources to help students identify a research opportunity just for them.