Undergraduate researchers geared for insect collection

Undergraduate researchers from the Biology Department's Lockwood lab prepare to gather moths in the field.

Getting involved in a biologically-focused research project is practical experience that can't be beat.  Here are two avenues to take you there:

UVM Undergraduate Research

UVM’s science faculty are both professors AND professional researchers – this benefits you!  Any UVM student can pursue research credit in any affiliated College or Program within UVM.  Biological Science majors can apply up to 6 credits of biologically-related research to their advanced life-science elective requirement.  Levels of involvement include apprenticing, participating in the faculty member's (or their graduate student's) research, or developing a research project of your own.  Peruse faculty research interests below.

UVM's Office of Fellowships, Opportunities, and Undergraduate Research advises students in finding faculty to work with, as well as how to contact these faculty members. They also have various funding opportunities for research expenses, summer support, and travel grants for research conferences.  

Links to departmental Research pages:

UVM Life Science Faculty accepting Undergraduate Researchers for Fall 2021

The following faculty may invite an undergraduate researcher to join their lab next semester if the student's interests and abilities align with the lab's projects.  Interested students should contact the faculty to discuss this possibility. Faculty not on this list may also accept suitable students.

Research LabDepartmentFaculty ContactLab Interests
Nelson LabPharmacology

Amreen Mughal, Ph.D. Amreen.Mughal@uvm.edu

(Beginning Oct. 2021 through Spring 2022) Cerebral blood flow regulation in health and disease models using ex vivo imaging and behavioral testing.  098- Any class. 
Salogiannis LabMPBP

John Salogiannis, Ph.D. John.Salogiannis@uvm.edu

Microtubule-based transport using a variety of approaches including live-cell microscopy, biochemistry, and genetics.
Preston LabPlant Biology
Jill Preston, Ph.D.
Plant Development & Evolution.  Project: Adaptation of grass flowering time in response to climate change.
Boyson LabSurgery
Jonathan Boyson, Ph.D. 
Understanding the role of innate-like T cells (NKT, γδ T, and MAIT (mucosa-associated invariant T)) in the host immune response. We use single-cell analysis techniques (flow cytometry, single-cell proteogenomics) to study the biology of these cells in mouse models of disease.  (Preference for sophomores looking for a long-term commitment to a research project.)
Barrington-Sundue LabPlant Biology
Dave Barrington, Ph.D.
Michael Sundue, Ph.D.
Diversity and evolution of plants in a geographical context.


Outside Opportunities

Finding a summer internship or job associated with a research project is a great way to gain field or lab experience.  University researchers as well as state, local, and federal government agencies need many hands during the field season.  Peruse these job lists for an opportunity near your home town - or far from it!

The National Science Foundation funds hundreds of Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) each year, which are paid, housing-provided summer opportunities with a sponsoring University, to participate in the active research of one of their faculty members.  With guidance, REU students will typically conduct an individual research project that will be completed over the course of the summer.   

Undergraduate Research Opportunities List: A collection of nation- and world-wide internship, REU, job, and field course opportunities in biological science research, geared toward undergraduate students.  Some opportunities may be eligible for college credit.  Opportunities primarily posted from the ECOLOG listserv from the Ecological Society of America.

Earning Credit

UVM students can earn credits for qualifying internship experiences completed outside of UVM, whether during the academic year or in Summer.  These are organized through a student's college or department: College of Arts & Sciences (www.uvm.edu/cas/arts-sciences-internship-courses), College of Agriculture & Life Sciences (www.uvm.edu/cals/internships-cals), Rubenstein School for the Environment & Natural Resources (www.uvm.edu/rsenr/rsenr_internship_program). 

Summer interns in the Burlington area may be able to live on campus (www.uvm.edu/eventservices/intern-housing).

student with research poster

Scholarships for Undergraduate Researchers


Find internships that match your interests and career goals through your college: CAS or CALS, the UVM Career Center, or talk to your faculty advisor. 

The Biology Department has a designated Internship Advisor: Dr. Jaeda Coutinho-Budd.  

Vermont EPSCoR also offers BREE internships doing Lake Champlain research.

First-Year Life Science Scholars

Incoming first-year students can apply for the College of Arts & Sciences Life Science Scholars program, a living-learning experience in biology including undergraduate research on marine mammals.

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