Fall Research Semester

Class of 2018

More pictures from previous Research Semesters (including poster presentations) can be viewed at the Photo Gallery.  Also available are other picture albums with photos of Biology faculty and students out in field, on retreat, or on study abroad trips.

What is the Fall Research Semester?

The Undergraduate Research Semester gives you the opportunity to get involved and immersed in the ongoing scientific research at GMU.

What will you do?

Work one-on-one with a GMU scientist.

  • 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 M.S. or Ph.D. 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:

  1. Have a declared Major in the College of Science (Neuroscience majors may be accepted).
  2. Have successfully completed, at a minimum, BIOL 213, 214,CHEM 211-212 and either 308, 310, or 311.
  3. Have a 3.0 GPA in your science courses.
  4. Review the List of Research Projects and Faculty Mentors which contains project titles, descriptions and faculty mentor contact details.
  5. 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 ggrant1@gmu.edu.
  6. 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 ggrant1@gmu.edu.
  7. Complete the online application form (embedded below) and click Submit.

Applications for the Fall of 2019 is NOW OPEN, however due the highly competitive nature of this opportunity, early application (prior to end of March) is recommended. Please check back regularly to see the 2019 List of Research Projects and Faculty (coming soon).

Please also check the Department of Biology Associated Faculty page to learn more about the faculty mentors.

List of Research Projects and Faculty Mentors

For further information, please contact Dr. Geraldine Grant at ggrant1@gmu.edu (please write Fall Research Semester in the subject line).

2019 Fall 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 at ggrant1@gmu.edu and title your email Question re: Fall Research Semester.
  • Please use the format: Month, Date, Year e.g. 11/28/1999
  • Please use the format: xxx-xxx-xxxx
  • Please enter your intended date of graduation in this format: Semester, Year e.g. Spring 2019
  • Students will have classes on [Insert days here]. Beyond this time commitment, students will be expected to spend a minimum of 18 (six credits of 499) to 27 (nine credits of 499) hours per week working on their research projects, whether that be in the lab, the field, the library, or performing data analysis. Hours and expectations are to be negotiated in writing with the faculty research mentor at the time of registration. Make sure your schedule allows time for your research project.
  • Although it is not guaranteed that you will be paired with the project of your choice, you may identify up to 3 projects which are of most interest to you. Please see the list of projects (http://biology.gmu.edu/research/fall-research-semester/) for complete descriptions. Select projects by last name of the potential research mentor and by number. Once your application is screened, your preferences will be forwarded to the professor sponsoring the project. If selected, the professor will contact you for an interview. Once selected by a professor, you and he/she will develop a formal contract in which the project is described and expectations and a work schedule are outlined. In order to register for the research semester, the project contract must be approved by the Chair of the Department of Biology.
  • Accepted file types: doc, docx, pdf.
    Attach your ONE page resume.
  • Accepted file types: doc, docx, pdf.
    Attach written response to the essay prompt below: Describe why you would like to participate in the Biology Research Semester and discuss your future goals. (500 words or less)
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