​​​​As an undergraduate student you'll find yourself putting on a lab coat, safety glasses or hip-waders to conduct meaningful research and gains hands-on experience to enhance the quality of your CMU education.

You'll find advanced facilities, equipment and resources you need to delve into the scientific and technological work that will help you apply your knowledge to real-world problems. Laboratories, research instrumentation and instructional spaces – on and off campus – await you.

BIO 403: Undergraduate Research

Open to seniors and selected juniors majoring in biology, who have completed 20 hours with a 3.0 GPA. Philosophy, techniques and methods of research are covered in this course.

See your instructor by the middle of the semester prior to enrollment to design your research project and sign the contract. Registration requires approval of the department chairperson.

Click here​ to download the undergraduate research contract and application.

Show off your findings


You can present your science- and technology-related research or creative project to other students and members of the CMU community at the on-campus Student Research and Creative Endeavors Exhibition. Students from all academic disciplines attend this annual event to showcase their outstanding research or creative project. SRCEE features nearly 400 poster displays, computer and video demonstrations, case studies, and internship experiences by more than 700 students.

At the Capitol

Selected undergraduate students are chosen to present their research to alumni, friends and state legislators at the annual Posters at the Capitol event in Lansing.

On the Hill

A pair of CMU biology undergraduates recently shared their research with U.S. senators and representatives in hopes that one day their efforts will lead to a better understanding of treating infertility in women.

Mariah Hanson, a CMU junior, and Cynthia Aguirre, a CMU senior, were selected from 400 applicants to present their findings at the 13th annual "Posters on the Hill" in Washington, D.C. About 60 undergraduates from universities across the country were chosen to participate.

Gulf Coast Research Laboratory

The Biology Department at CMU has an affiliation with The University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) in Ocean Springs, MS.

The GCRL Summer Field Program, administered by USM, allows students to explore marine-oriented course work and research during the summer months at CMU tuition rates. These courses require basic prerequisites in biology and chemistry.

Courses offered during the summer program are taught in an accelerated manner, as a full semester of work is compressed into five busy weeks. Student learning activities include lectures, hands-on laboratory sessions, some library research, and extensive field trips to collect and/or study animals, plants, and processes in the marine environment.

Field trips, tailored to the requirements of each class, include trips to the barrier islands, Mississippi Sound, bays, salt marshes, bayous, and the Gulf of Mexico, as well as visits to public aquariums, marine parks, federal research centers, and aquaculture farms. During these trips, instructors continue to lecture, demonstrate, and explain as the "great outdoors" is just a normal extension of a GCRL classroom.

Students immerse themselves in their subjects, figuratively and sometimes quite literally, as they frequently find themselves in the marine waters collecting samples and observing the myriad of marine life. Class sessions are augmented by weekly evening seminars given by GCRL faculty and staff and visiting scientists from nearby federal laboratories, federal agencies, and other state institutions.

For further information about the GCRL Summer Field Program, please contact:

John Scheide
Brooks Hall 112