Why Do Research?
- Experience the excitement of doing science, making scientific discoveries, not just learning scientific concepts and facts--how science actually works
- Important for being competitive to get into graduate school, professional school, or getting a good job
- Find out if you want to do research for a career
- Networking—get to know a professor who can write a strong letter of recommendation
- Make new friends
- Travel to present at scientific conferences
- Stipends may be awarded through research programs and/or from faculty member's research grant
- Earn units towards degree for doing research (For applicability, please verify with your curriculum sheet and the course description in the Catalog)
- BIO 200 or 400: Special Study
- Bio 441: internship (required as a core for Biotech and Env. Bio majors)
- Bio 461: Undergraduate Research
- Bio 462: Senior Thesis
How to Get Involved in Undergraduate Research?
- Talk to Professors doing research in areas of interest to you
- Many professors have their own website—describes research
- Professors can accommodate only so many research students—limited time, space, money for research; get yourself known by the professors and be prepared when visiting.
- Take courses with professors in your areas of interest. Easier to approach them if they know you from class. Professors more likely to admit you into their research program
- Best to communicate in person. Go to office hours.
- Do your homework. “I read that you are doing research on __________. I’m really interested in your research on ________, and would like to be involved in a research project.
- Sell yourself if necessary: “I've taken courses in _____, ____, and made “A” grades.” I really enjoy my lab courses. Foundations of Biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry,
- Talk with TA. TAs doing research for Master's degree—information on professors and areas of research.
- Go to undergraduate research conferences on campus (see the list below)
- Apply to on campus or off campus research scholarship programs (see the list below)
For Scholarship and Grants, Visit CPP Office of Undergraduate Research
Research Programs On Campus
- RISE - NIH sponsored student development program
- McNair Scholars Program
- Bridges to Stem Cell Research Program
- Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP)
- OUR CPP (Office of Undergraduate Research at Cal Poly Pomona) - general information on undergraduate research
Summer Research Programs and Internships Off Campus
- City of Hope Summer Student Academy
- Amgen Scholars Programs
- National Science Foundation REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates)
- National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Research Programs
- American Association of Medical Colleges
- Student Conservation Association
- Ecological Society of America
Undergraduate Research Conferences - On Campus
- Cal Poly Pomona Student Research Conference— early March
- College of Science Student Research Symposium—Spring
- Stories of Successful Learning - Spring
- Kellogg Honors Convocation – end of spring
- Student Research Symposium—end of summer
Undergraduate Research Conferences - Regional and National
- Southern California Conferences for Undergraduate Research (SCCUR) - mid Nov.
- Sourthern California Academyof Sciences (SCAS) Annual Meeting - early May
- CSU Programs for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB) Symposium - January
- California State University Student Research Competition - early May (selected from the campus Student Research Conference)
- National and international conferences of specific research disciplines
- Poster-Printing Protocol - Instructions on printing a poster