Student Opportunities

Once you’ve declared your major, it’s important that you establish regular contact with your advisor, your professors, and with the department office staff. They can be tremendous resources for you and help you maximize your college experience. For example, there might be scholarshipsinternships or new sources of financial aid, for which you qualify. To find out what’s available – and the eligibility requirements – contact your advisor or the department office.

  • Departmental Honors in Biology. The designation of Departmental Honors does not appear on a diploma, transcript, or graduation bulletin.  Rather, it is an honor that spotlights your hard work on graduate school and job applications and will be recognized at the School of Science and Math Awards Ceremony.
  • Part-time and summer jobs, internships, service learning and volunteering can play an integral part in your preparation for the future. The faculty and staff in your major area may provide you with wonderful networking opportunities.
  • Scholarship opportunities are available from many sources. Some are available only to our biology department undergraduates. Some awards consider all eligible students while others require an application process.
  • Extracurricular activities can enhance your classroom experiences. There are more than 150 clubs and organizations, including the Biology Club for you to consider. Most can help you hone your leadership skills, help you connect with students who share your interests, and in some cases, expand your academic experience.
  • Undergraduate Research in the Biology Department provides diverse opportunities for students to conduct scholarly research in the laboratory and field in close collaboration with a faculty mentor. Major portions of the research carried out in the department is done or aided by undergraduates. 
  • Louis Stokes Alliance for MInority Participation (LS-AMP) The LS-AMP is an enrichment four-year program for minorities who are majoring in Astrophysics, Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Data Science, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Geosciences, Geology, Marine Biology, Mathematics, Meteorology, Physics, Software Engineering, or Systems Engineering. It is named after Congressman Louis Stokes.