BSCD Undergraduate Research Opportunities

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.

Keep in mind that this is only a partial list of labs and mentors, so you should definitely perform your own search to explore research opportunities that best match your own interests.

    Complete program descriptions and application instructions can be found on Handshake.  

    For some fellowships, you apply with an identified research mentor and project, and for other fellowships the program matches you with a mentor and project.

    For more information:  John Kennedy (

    Deadline for all 2022 BSCD Summer Innovation Fellowships:  April 8, 2022

    Research fellowships in the following focused disciplines are available:

    • Chromatin and Epigenetics
    • Developmental Neurobiology (DNUFO)
    • Ecology and Evolution
    • Bioimaging for Cancer and Related Disciplines (SURFBOARD)
    • Genetics and Genomics
    • Pathophysiology, Biology, and Bioenergetics of Renal Disease
    • Public Health
    • Quantitative Biology
    • Translational Medicine

    These summer research fellowships span the breadth of biological science research.

    Complete description and applications instructions can be found on Handshake.

    For more information:  Rosemary Zaragoza ( or Paul Strieleman (

    Deadline for all 2022 BSCD Summer Fellow Applications:  April 8, 2022

    These 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 HERE.  

    For more information:  Dave Lerner (

    Deadline for 2022 MBL Metcalf Summer Research Fellowship Applications:  February 15, 2022

    The CGH Summer Research Program 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 ( for the link

    Applications can be found on Handshake

    Deadline for 2022 Center for Global Health Summer Fellowship Applications:  February 7, 2022

    The Neuroscience Institute of UChicago provides multiple opportunities for summer research.

    Detailed descriptions of the programs and mechanisms for application are provided HERE.  

    • Neuroscience Early Stage Scientist Training Program (NESSTP)
    • Jeff Metcalf Summer 2022 College de France Neuroscience Internship
      • Apply on Handshake 
      • Deadline for application Feb 14
    • Neuroscience Research Metcalf Fellowship

    These 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 HERE.  

    Deadline for 2022 Quad Summer Research Grant Applications:  April 11, 2022