University of Vermont

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Undergraduate Research

The research will take the form of a specific project under the direct supervision of a faculty member with expertise in the area of study. In order to begin research:

  • Identify the research laboratories that interest you.
  • Then e-mail the faculty member(s) who run those labs to express your interest.
  • You may also express general interest in research to your advisor, who can point you in the right direction.
Undergraduates may receive credits for engaging in research. Some others work in laboratories as a volunteer, as a work study, or as a paid position. Undergraduate research can occur at any time in your four year program. To ensure your best opportunity for success, plan in advance for your undergraduate research in your academic area of study.

Animal Science | Biochemistry | Biological Science | Community Development and Applied Economics | Environmental Sciences | Microbiology and Molecular Genetics | Nutrition and Food Sciences | Plant and Soil Science | URECA | Distinguished Undergraduate Research



Animal Science Research Animal Science

Undergraduate research opportunities are available in our labs and in the field. Some examples of research focus are: animal health and disease, mammary gland biology, lactation physiology, bovine immunology and vaccine development, animal nutrition, animal genetics and genomics, and gut microbiology. To view a list of faculty and their research labs, please click here.


Biochemistry Biochemistry

In addition to laboratory work, the program includes the opportunity to directly participate in original research with program members, including those in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, and others across the University. Students have access to laboratory facilities such as Bioinformatics Core, COM Biostatistical Unit, Cell Imaging Facility, Neuroscience Imaging and Physiology Core, and DNA Analysis Core. All our laboratories are properly equipped to utilize biophysical, cellular, molecular, and/or structural approaches to biological issues. For more information, please click here.

Biological Science Biological Science

Many avenues are open to Biological Science majors who want to earn credit for undergraduate research during their career at UVM. Students can pursue research opportunities in laboratories in any affiliated College or Program within UVM. A research experience might earn a student up to six credits at the 200 level over a two semester period. For more information, please click here.


CDAE Undergraduate Research OpportunitiesCommunity Development and Applied Economics

CDAE students have opportunities to participate in research being conducted within the department (through courses, workstudy, or employment) and to explore research topics of their own interest with mentor support.

Awardees of Undergraduate Research Endeavors Competitive Awards (URECA) include Sarah Woodward's (CID major) project titled "Enhancing Economic Development in an Economically Depressed Community Through Participatory Research: A Case Study of Barre City, Vermont" and Michael Skillicorn's (CID major) project titled, "Relationship-Based Coffee: Fostering Equitable Trade Through Communication and Trust."


Environmental Sciences Environmental Sciences

The students and faculty work closely together in the field and laboratory to delve more deeply into course-appropriate problems. For example, in ENSC 201: Recovery and Restoration of Altered Ecosystems, students tackle recovery of a damaged ecosystem, such as a forest, stream or wetland. Lab and field work are integrated into many environmental sciences classes. Often times, a student is inspired by a particular topic or faculty member's work. Further opportunities for independent research projects are always encouraged by faculty mentors. For more information, please click here.


Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Undergraduate Reseearch ProjectsMicrobiology and Molecular Genetics

Undergraduate research course work should be considered just as any other course within the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Department. The Course Director is a faculty member who will be responsible for guiding the student's research. Projects may be eligible for CALS Distinguished Undergraduate Research (DUR) Honors should the student choose to submit them to the CALS Academic Awards Committee. For more information, please click here.


Nutrition and Food SciencesNutrition and Food Sciences

Students in the Nutrition and Food Sciences or Dietetics program take lab classes such as Basics of Food, Food Technology, and Microbiology for their major. In their first year, they take labs with chemistry courses. In their second year, they study a cadaver in anatomy and physiology. Students can also work in labs or do field research with a faculty member for academic credit, or, in some cases, as employees. For example, undergraduate students interested in food science or food microbiology careers have worked in Dr. Catherine Donnelly's lab studying listeria monocytogenes. Dr. Jean Harvey-Berino's Behavior Weight Research Program often employs undergraduate students to help with data entry and menu planning for research studies. For more information, please click here.


Plant BiologyPlant Biology

As an undergraduate student in the University of Vermont's Department of Plant Biology, you will have the opportunity to assist faculty with current research as well as to design and implement your own research projects. Almost all Plant Biology students work in a department laboratory to gain experience in a chosen field. Professors take the time to teach undergraduate students laboratory procedures and techniques and to introduce them to the culture of scientific research. For more information, please click here.


Plant and Soil SciencePlant and Soil Science

Research areas in the Plant and Soil Science Department include soil ecology, pasture management, forages, biological control, agroecology, water resources engineering, natural resources management, soil physical properties, soil fauna, insect pathogents, rural development, landscape restoration, and urban design. To view a list of faculty and their areas of research, please click here.



Undergraduate Research Awards

URECA!URECA! Undergraduate Research Awards at UVM

This program provides prestigious, competitive awards to outstanding undergraduates who wish to pursue a specific research project under the mentorship of a faculty member. In this way, undergraduates have the opportunity and resources to pursue independent research as well as work closely with active faculty members who are leading scholars in their fields. Proposals are evaluated by panels of UVM experts, and the top ranked proposals are selected for funding; awardees carry out the research, either during a semester or a summer, and submit a final report detailing the outcomes. For more information, please click here


Distinguished Undergraduate ResearchCALS Distinguished Undergraduate Research

This award recognizes students who have demonstrated superior achievement in original research, and as such is one of the highest honors conveyed by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Under the supervision of a faculty mentor, these students have conducted significant, independent and scholarly research. For more information, please click here


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