The University of Chicago's Biological Sciences Collegiate Division (BSCD) has developed innovative and exciting curricular initiatives in undergraduate science education and expanded undergraduate research opportunities. Approximately 80 percent to 90 percent of all biology majors engage in some form of research activity. These successful programs provide a firm foundation for the undergraduate research experience.
Explore opportunities listed below. You can also explore additional internal and external research opportunities by searching the various databases at the College Center for Research and Fellowships (CCRF).
One of the most daunting tasks for an undergraduate student interested in pursuing research is identifying a mentor and lab in which to perform research. The Phoenix Biology Club sent out a brief survey to BSD faculty and created a partial list of faculty who are interested in talking to undergraduates about joining their labs. You can find the google document at this link.
This is only a partial list of labs and mentors open to undergraduates. You should definitely perform your own search to explore research opportunities that best match your own interests and reach out to faculty doing research that excites you. A searchable Research Opportunities Database can also be found on this website.
- Neuroscience Early Stage Scientist Training Program (NESSTP)
- More information: Laurie Risner (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Deadline for application Feb 14
- Jeff Metcalf Summer 2022 College de France Neuroscience Internship
- More information: email@example.com
- Deadline for application Feb 14
- Neuroscience Research Metcalf Fellowship
- More Information: Stephanie Thomas (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Deadline for application April 8
The BSCD Summer Innovation Fellowships consist of thematic research programs in a variety of fields. For some fellowships, you apply with an identified research mentor and project, and for other fellowships you are matched with a mentor and project.
Complete program descriptions and application instructions for each individual program are on Handshake. Click on the disciplines below for links!
For more information: John Kennedy (email@example.com)
Deadline for all 2022 BSCD Summer Innovation Fellowships: April 8, 2022
Research fellowships in the following focused disciplines are available:
In the BSCD Summer Fellowship Program, students conduct summer research in a UChicago campus laboratory. These summer research fellowships span the breadth of biological science research. Apply with an identified project and research mentor.
Apply on Handshake.
Deadline for all 2022 BSCD Summer Fellowship Applications: April 8, 2022
The MBL SURF Fellowships take place on-site at the MBL in Woods Hole, MA.
Learn more about the program, read a full list of program mentors and their research/project statements, and apply for a fellowship on this website.
For more information: Dave Lerner (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Deadline for 2022 MBL Metcalf Summer Research Fellowship Applications: February 15, 2022
The Center for Global Health Summer Research Fellowship will provide funding for promising undergraduate and graduate students to take part in a 10 to 12-week Fellowship where they will benefit from first-hand experience working in research settings at one of CGH's partnering sites abroad.
Zoom Information Session: February 1, 2022. Contact Funmi Olopade (email@example.com) for the link
Applications can be found on Handshake
Deadline for 2022 Center for Global Health Summer Fellowship Applications: February 7, 2022
The University of Chicago Neuroscience Institute provides multiple opportunities for summer research.
Detailed descriptions of the programs and mechanisms for application are provided on this website.
The Quad Summer Undergraduate Research Grants are competitive, open-discipline awards supporting summer scholarly undergraduate research and creative inquiry.
Students will apply with an identified project and research mentor.
Complete description and application instructions can be found at the Chicago Center for Research and Fellowships (CCRF) website.
Deadline for 2022 Quad Summer Research Grant Applications: April 11, 2022
Present your research at UChicago's campus-wide virtual Undergraduate Research Symposium.
Symposium Date: May 6, 2022
Application Deadline: March 11, 2022
Instructions and a link to apply can be found on this CCRF website.
Find ways to post a research opportunity or apply for funding to support an undergraduate researcher in your lab.