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. Many graduating students cite research as the most formative aspect of their education at UVM.
First, identify one or more Plant Biology research laboratories that interest you. Faculty lab groups are listed by research area here. Then email 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.
There are several mechanisms for undergraduate students to engage in research, including the following: