Independent Research for Credit during the Academic Year
Over 500 students each semester earn academic credit for undergraduate research by enrolling in independent research courses. Most students enroll in 2-4 credits of research (3-5 hours per credit). A student’s research mentor can be in any department as long as the research is biological in nature. A faculty member or research associate must supervise the research. Students often work directly with a graduate student, technician, or postdoctoral scientist in the lab.
BIOG 2990, Introduction to Research: Intended for students new to undergraduate research. Students enrolled in BIOG 2990 may be reading the scientific literature, learning research techniques and assisting with ongoing research. Credit hours are variable (maximum of 3 credits) and grading is S/U only. This course is a prerequisite for BIOG 4990. Enroll in 2990 for Spring 2019.
BIOG 4990, Independent Research in Biology: Students work more independently on a research project. You do not have to generate your own research topic. More typically, students get involved in the ongoing research of the lab. The prerequisite for BIOG 4990 is the completion of one semester of BIOG 2990 or previous research experience. You will need to prepare a brief research description as part of the BIOG 4990 application. We encourage you to work with your research mentor to draft this in advance of applying. Enroll in 4990 for Spring 2019.
We do not pre-enroll for BioG 2990 or BioG 4990. You must complete the online enrollment form at the start of the semester. After the add deadline you can petition to add late, see below for details.
How to add BIOG 2990/4990 late by college
All students must submit the BIOG 2990/4990 online enrollment form (see right side bar).
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences:
- The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences asks that you log in to DUST. There you will click on petition to add late. Fill the petition form out and after a few days you will receive an email regarding the outcome. If approved, the college will enroll you.
College of Arts and Sciences:
- The College of Arts & Sciences asks that you meet with your advising dean in KG17 Klarman Hall, the Advising and Admissions office. You can call for an appointment at 607-255-4833 or look at their website for walk-in hours. There you will be given a petition form and will be asked to get your faculty advisor’s signature of approval.
- Before bringing the form back to the college you will need to see me Kristy Long in 216 Stimson Hall, to get a stamp and a copy of your approved online independent research form (you will receive an email once your research supervisor approves). Both the petition and the copy of the approved research form will go back to the college for processing. After a few days you will receive an email regarding the outcome. If approved, your college will enroll you.
College of Engineering:
- The College of Engineering asks that you go to your registrar’s office, 158 Olin Hall, to receive a petition form. They will also ask you to fill out an add/drop slip which must be stamped by Kristy Long in 216 Stimson Hall.
College of Human Ecology:
- The College of Human Ecology asks that you use their general petition form found at the colleges petition and forms website to add a class after the deadline. The procedure requires students to meet with a Student Counselor in 172 MVR before submitting the form to the Registrar's Office. To make an appointment you can call 255-2532.
- Once the petition has been approved the OUB will send over your enrollment information. Your college will then enroll you into the class.