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 a few 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 Spring 2023

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.  If you've found a faculty member to work with, contact Dr. Bryan Ballif (Bryan.Ballif@uvm.edu), the current biology department Research Coordinator, to set up credit.

Research LabDepartmentFaculty ContactNotes/Lab Interests
Stanley LabBiology

Molly Stanley


1 opening, any level: using genetic tools in the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, to study the neurobiology of taste sensory cells and their impact on feeding behavior.
Insect Agroecology & Evolution LabPlant & Soil Science

Yolanda Chen


1 opening, any level: Lab prioritizes students that are highly motivated to study insects, ecology, evolution, or epigenetics.
Crop Genetic Heritage LabPlant & Soil Science

Eric von Wettberg


2 openings: Students will work on assessing microbial diversity in polycultural agricultural systems through laboratory, greenhouse, and field work.  Projects may involve assessing microbial diversity in indigenous “three sisters” plots, in perennial wheat-alfalfa interplants, and in perennial pasture systems.
Majumdar LabSurgical Research

Dev Majumdar


2-5 openings for students interested in mRNA vaccine development or SARS-CoV-2 virology.
Janssen Lab Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

Yvonne Janssen-Heininger 


1 opening, 198/298 level: understanding the molecular mechanisms that lead to fibrosis (scarring) of lung tissue- role of altered stem cell function.
Krementsov LabBiomedical & Health Sciences

Daniel Peipert, NGP student


1 opening, 1st or 2nd year student (any level) interested in research as part of their 4-year plan.   Work aims to understand the role of gut commensal bacteria in the mouse model of Multiple Sclerosis. Student work would include fecal DNA extraction and qPCR and eventually would build towards a research project of their own.
VBRN Proteomics FacilityBiology

Wai Lam


2-3 openings: Research/Internship opportunities using modern mass spectrometry-based proteomics approaches to address questions in a highly collaborative manner.   Interested students of any standing who are willing to commit a minimum of 80 hrs /semester are welcome to apply at https://vbrn.org/8780-2/. Individuals are encouraged to contact Dr. Lam or stop by the lab for a visit (MLS 335) before applying.


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 for Internships

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.  New Communities of Practice mentored group internships are being offered through CAS.

The Biology Department has a designated Internship Advisor: Dr. Bryan Ballif.  

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 that includes undergraduate research on a biological topic of the students' choice.

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