Biology Undergraduate Research

Take advantage of your Butler opportunities. Faculty members in Biological Sciences welcome students into their laboratories. Check out our Faculty page and click on a name to view a professor’s area of expertise. Visit and talk with them as early in your career as possible. Although most undergraduate research is done in the junior and senior years, some students begin as early as the freshman year.

Students may earn credit (or, occasionally, money) by working one on one with faculty during the academic year. Research is also an important part of the Honors Program. Students interested in an intensive research experience are encouraged to apply for the Butler Summer Institute. More information about undergraduate research programs at Butler can be found at the Office of Sponsored Programs website.

Every April, students present their results at the Butler Undergraduate Research Conference, which draws participants from more than forty midwestern colleges and universities. Students may also apply for funds to travel to other regional or national meetings, via the Holcomb Undergraduate Grants program.

Students may also want to apply for Biology Internships which are available throughout Indianapolis, the state of Indiana, and surrounding states. Click on the link above or contact the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at 317-940-9224.

Ten Reasons to do Undergraduate Research

  • It’s fascinating! (At least we think so.)
  • Looks great on graduate and professional school applications.
  • Do you really want graduate school? Helps you find out….
  • Valuable experience!
  • Required for the Honors Program.
  • Gives you a better feel for “real science” than classroom labs.
  • Resumé builder.
  • Fun!
  • Butler Summer Institute participants get summer housing and stipend.
  • Show off your results at the Undergraduate Research Conference.