Biology Research Semester
Frequently Asked Questions
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What does a Research Semester Student do?
Work one-on-one with a GMU scientist. As a research semester student you will earn 12-15 upper division BIOL credit hours toward your degree through a combination of:
- BIOL 499: Research in Biology (9 credits),
- BIOL 498: Research Seminar (2 credits) and
- BIOL 314: Introduction to Research Design and Analysis (4 credits).
For the remainder of the week students are students are expected to devote a minimum of 27 hours (per week) to their research projects.
Each student will present their research at the Biology Departments Celebrating of Undergraduate Scholarship in addition to appropriate regional or national scientific meetings.
Why should you consider participating in the research semester?
- Students who have participated enhance their chances of:
- Post graduate employment – by gaining valuable experience and techniques
- Admission to an MS or PhD program
- Admission to a health related professional program (Dental or Medical School).
- You will have the chance to work one-on-one with a GMU scientist.
- You will have the opportunity to present your research in public and/or at a regional or national scientific meeting.
- The College of Science and/or the Students as Scholars program will provide funds to support your research.
- You will earn 12-15 BIOL hours toward your degree requirements.
How do I apply?
To qualify you must:
- Have a declared Major in the College of Science (Neuroscience majors may be accepted).
- Have successfully completed, at a minimum, BIOL 213, 214,CHEM 211-212 and either 308, 310, or 311.
- Have a 3.0 GPA in your science courses.
- Review the List of Research Projects and Faculty Mentors which contains project titles, descriptions and faculty mentor contact details.
- Opportunities are also available at QUEST Diagnostics in Chantilly, VA.This experience will center on assay validation and/or improvement. The specifics will depend on the student’s abilities. To apply: Students should identify Quest in one of their project selections. For more information contact Dr Grant at email@example.com.
- Opportunities are also available at ATCC in Manassas, VA. This experience will be varied. To apply: Students should identify ATCC in one of their project selections. For more information contact Dr Grant at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Complete the online application form (embedded below) and click Submit.
Is there a deadline for the application?
Applications for the Fall of 2020 will open soon, however due the highly competitive nature of this opportunity, early applications (prior to end of March) is recommended. Please check back regularly to see the 2020 List of Research Projects and Faculty (coming soon).
Are there award/scholarship opportunities?
The Biology Department hosts the Annual Celebration of Success in the Center for the Arts. At this event, Research Semester students are evaluated by chair appointed judges. At the culmination of the Research Semester Celebration, the Research Semester Award is granted to the best presentation at the event.
We also award the Marion Lobstein Scholarship for rising Seniors at the event as well.
Fall 2020 Research Semester has been postponed to Spring 2021
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to postpone the Fall 2020 Research Semester to Spring 2021. All applicants are still in consideration, and the application has been re-opened for Spring 2021.
Applications for the Spring of 2021 is NOW OPEN. Please apply below.
Due the highly competitive nature of this opportunity, we highly recommend applying early (prior to end of October).
Please also check the Department of Biology Associated Faculty page to learn more about the faculty mentors.
List of Research Projects and Faculty Mentors (subject to change)
For further information, please contact Shakiba Salehian at (please write Fall Research Semester in the subject line).
2021 Spring Research Semester Application Form
It will be the responsibility of students to visit one or more research laboratories prior to the application deadline in order to familiarize her/himself with the type of research being conducted, and the skills necessary to do research in that lab. It will also be useful for students to volunteer in a lab prior to the Fall 2019 semester. If you need help or have questions regarding your application, please email Dr. Geraldine Grant and title your email Question re: Fall Research Semester.