Research and Related Opportunities at Drew

Students may choose to do research during the academic year as well as during the summer.

Research opportunities are available for all interested biology students, working with regular Drew faculty members or RISE scientists (see below). Areas of faculty research cover a wide range, including bacterial pathogenesis, evolution in polluted lakes, primate communication, the molecular biology of cancer, international health care, forest integrity, physiology, Alzheimer’s disease, and more.

Students often accompany professors to scientific conferences in order to present their work and to connect with the larger scientific community. Conferences recently attended by students include those of the Association for Microbiology, the Beta Beta Beta Biology Honor Society, and the Ecological Society of America. (Students who do Honors research are required to present work at such a conference!)

RISE Institute: Research Institute for Scientists Emeriti

Students may also work with the scientists of the RISE Institute. These renowned scientists have retired from industry and research universites and have come to Drew University to mentor undergraduates on a wide variety of research projects.

Field Station Scholarships

The Drew Biology Department offers two $700 scholarships each year for students taking ecological field courses or doing environmental or ecological studies off campus, normally during the summer. If you are interested, please complete a Field Station application form and submit it to Dr. Webb or Dr. Windfelder by mid-February. In some years these scholarships are not awarded during the summer and become available for use during the academic year.

First- and Second-Year Biology Laboratory Assistant Opportunities

A lab or teaching assistant’s duties include helping the professor in charge of the lab with various procedures and pre-lab preparations, and assisting the students with dissections, experiments, computer assignments, and other in-class assignments. In addition to the three hours of lab per week, all teaching assistants attend a one hour meeting at a predetermined time each week. There is a stipend that accompanies this position. If you did well in your first- and second-year courses and are interested, speak to a biology professor for guidance.

Drew Summer Science Institute – DSSI

Many students work with Drew faculty through the Drew Summer Science Institute where students can conduct research with a faculty advisor for 8 – 10 weeks during the summer. Students will attend weekly meetings with other Summer Science Institute participants and present brief reports on their progress. During the subsequent fall semester, students will present their work in a poster session. Students must consult with professors or RISE scholars to make arrangements.

Summer Research Experiences Elsewhere

Biology students are strongly urged to participate in summer internships, many of which involve research. See the biology internship page and watch for monthly BIONEWS newsletters (sent via email) with more opportunities.

Guidelines and Policies for Research Students

The Guidelines and Policies for Research Students explain opportunities and procedures for independent research in biology at Drew during the academic year including:

  • Biol 195-Independent Study in Biology/Literature Research. Details on Biol 195.
  • Biol 196-Research in Biology. Details on Biol 196.
  • Honors Thesis – Biology students pursue a research project in depth and prepare an Honors Thesis.