You may earn credit in the biomedical sciences major for independent study in another department or by taking Independent Research (BMS 498), Biomedical Sciences Research.
Many independent study opportunities count toward your major in BMS. Within the medical school, you can take PMY 498 to conduct research in pharmacology and toxicology or BCH 498 to conduct research in biochemistry, or you may find a research mentor in another Jacobs School department. Our students also complete independent studies through the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and departments on campus, such as biological sciences.
BMS 498 lets you earn credit toward your major for conducting research with your research mentor. You and your mentor decide on the amount of time you will spend in the laboratory, the nature of the work you will perform and the projected goals for your research. You will have opportunities to hone your speaking and writing skills by presenting your research in multiple formats. At the end of the semester, you will prepare a written report summarizing your accomplishments.
For questions about undergraduate research opportunities in the biomedical sciences major, contact:
Faculty who are actively seeking student researchers list their projects in the Experiental Learning Network. The Experiential Learning Network also maintains a listing of summer and national research opportunities.
Students participating in CSTEP can find lab mentors in the biomedical sciences.
Talk to faculty whose science classes you have taken. They may be able to suggest other faculty with whom you might work.
Student organizations host speakers, facilitate shadowing opportunities and connect you with peers who share your interests—all of which may help you find a project mentor.