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Undergraduate Research

Experiment-based research is the foundation of the Biological Sciences.  All students are strongly encouraged to experience research to fully understand their chosen profession. There are two major opportunities for undergraduates to conduct research in the department.

Research for Course Credit

Students work on research projects under the direct supervision of faculty mentors. Undergraduate research can be taken for credit.  Up to six credit hours can be counted towards Biology electives using the BIOL398 and BIOL399 course numbers.

To get started, look at the Faculty page. On this page, faculty members have indicated if they are accepting undergraduates into their lab for the coming academic year. Next, look at the research being conducted in their lab. If you find a topic that interests you, contact the faculty member directly to set up an appointment to discuss joining their lab. Labs fill up quickly, so don’t wait!

The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (URP)

The department has an active summer undergraduate research program. The program culminates in an undergraduate research symposium, with each student presenting their research in a talk or poster format. It is not unusual for Duquesne Biology students to present their research at national or international scientific meetings, and to have their work published in prominent scientific journals.