Undergraduate Research and Internships
A searchable Brown database
The Research Projects Collection is a compendium of the research activities of all BioMed
faculty who sponsor student projects. The information can be browsed from the website, and can be used to identify
volunteer (non-credit) research opportunities summer projects, BIOL 1950/1960 projects, and Honors projects.
Directed Research/Independent Study in Biology:
Each year, hundreds of students conduct independent study/directed research for course credit, via BIOL 1950/1960. Project Sponsors are drawn primarily from BioMed faculty (see Research Projects Collection above, a searchable database). Projects may serve in fulfillment of ScB program requirements; as research leading to Honors; as senior Capstone projects for Health and Human Biology; as experiential projects carried out by any level of Biology concentrator or by non-concentrators.
What is required to register for BIOL 1950/1960?
A proposal, to be prepared, signed and submitted at the Biology Undergraduate Affairs office at the start of the semester when the project is to begin. Following review, an override is issued and the course may then be added.
Evaluation: BIOL 1950/1960 projects are evaluated according to terms set by the sponsor. Expected: 10-15 hours per week; lab journal; final paper, oral presentation or presentation of a poster at Biology Undergraduate Research Poster Day, held each spring.
If the project is of the substance and scope and success that Honors is intended, refer to Honors page for the various requirements.