Undergraduate Research in Biology
Getting involved in independent research can put a mark of distinction on an undergraduate transcript or record. The Department of Biology offers numerous opportunities for undergraduates to get involved in independent research. Students should have junior status, successfully completed BIO 11 through 14, and have a science GPA of at least 2.8. Contact your Biology Advisor or the Chair of Biology for more details.
Several undergraduate courses offer the opportunity to be involved in one-on one research with faculty.
- Independent Study in Undergraduate Research (Bio 90, 91, 92).
- Introduction to Laboratory Research (Bio 90A)
- Special Topics in Biological Sciences (Bio 190)
Each fully-time faculty member offers opportunities in their specific research area and can serve as a mentor in one of these courses. Check individual faculty web pages for details about specific research interests and projects.
The Department of Biology offers several competitive summer fellowships to undergraduate students wishing to pursue independent research. These fellowships provide a stipend of $3500 to the students for an intensive, ten-week summer research program.
These fellowships may be used in conjunction with course work (i.e. Bio 90, 91 or 190) to extend research activities. Contact the Department of Biology Office (E-mail) for more details.
Qualified undergraduate students have the opportunity to attend and participate in national scientific meetings, presenting their research and representing the Department of Biology and Hofstra University.
On October 14, Hofstra University students, faculty and administrators got together at OSI Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s BioScience Park research facility on the campus of SUNY Farmingdale to celebrate another year of the OSI Hofstra University Summer Science Internship Program.
The program, a model of higher education/corporate partnership and underwritten by OSI, allows Hofstra students, supervised by faculty, to engage in independent research. This year, OSI donated $25,000 to the program. This year’s participants tackled a wide range of projects: Andrew Luu, an aspiring cardio-thoracic surgeon, studied and investigated the effect of mouth shape on suction feeding in Amia Calva, a type of fish; Christopher Merguerian, an organic chemistry major, studied the synthesis of furoxans; Tomoki Namakuchi investigated the mechancism of reduction in papilloma; Orli Roth conducted a study using track sets to identify individual mountain lions; and Michael Dennis did genetic research by studying Temperature-Sensitive Sex Determination.