Research Experiences for PSU Undergrads
Is research a good choice for me?
It's a big commitment to become engaged in a research project. Here are some of the things you should consider:
- It takes a lot of time - Successful undergraduates work an average of ten hours per week for a year or more.
- It takes a lot of effort - Your classes come first, so consider whether you will have the time to commit to research and still keep up with your studies. Undergraduate research engagement is recommended for students with greater than 3.2 GPA.
- Don't wait too long - It's best to start looking for a lab to work in during your sophomore or junior year. If you are already a senior it may not be too late as long as you plan to commit to continue your project after graduation.
What do I get in return for all that work?
- This may be the best experience of your undergraduate career - The rewards of conducting original research are enormous. It is something you will remember for the rest of your life.
- If you are thinking of applying to graduate school, engaging in undergraduate research can be the key to a successful graduate career. Research experience will bolster your applications and your mentors will be able to write much stronger letters for you.
- Biology research credit (Bi401). You can apply up to 6 credits to your graduation requirements.
- Biology Honors Thesis - is a great option for students starting research during their junior year.
Interested? If the answer is yes then contact us at Cruzan@pdx.edu to get more information. If your interests are not a good fit for our lab then we will help you find an appropriate place to pursue your undergraduate research career. For more information on department-wide opportunities visit the Biology Undergraduate Research web site.