Undergraduate Education

Research Opportunities

Student with samples.

Our research opportunities include summer or academic year fellowships sponsored by professional societies, volunteer positions in both basic and clinical sciences faculty labs, work in school-affiliated research centers and independent study to develop honors theses.

Our independent study programs give you the chance to pursue your research interests at an advanced level. You can conduct independent research under a mentor’s guidance or collaborate on ongoing projects in a mentor’s laboratory. Some area agencies also offer experience-building volunteer opportunities.

Finding Research Opportunities

You may find a research mentor several ways:

Faculty member and student in a lab.
  • View our faculty profiles, where you can search by interest and department.
  • Search for opportunities on the Center for Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities website.
  • Ask faculty who have taught your science classes. They may also be able to suggest other faculty you can contact or area agencies with available opportunities.
  • Watch for announcements of research opportunities posted on the preprofessional health listserv and in Honorable Mention, the electronic newsletter sent to members of the University Honors College. Subscribe to the preprofessional health listserv by following UB prehealth advising’s instructions.

Research Opportunities in Our Majors

The biochemistry major requires you to complete eight credit hours of research in an active laboratory.
You may earn credit in the biomedical sciences major for independent study in another department or by taking BMS 498, Biomedical Sciences Research.
Conducting lab research as an undergraduate lays the groundwork for a successful career in pharmacology and toxicology, neuroscience, and related fields in the biomedical sciences.