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Undergraduate Research

Course Credit Options

BSC 4910: Undergraduate Research (1-4 credit hours)

S/U Only. Junior Standing, a 3.0 USF GPA, and a 3.0 Applied Major’s GPA are required for approval. Must complete a Research Contract prior to registration. Course approved for IAB, ENV, ENV-Micro, MRN, and CAM Majors.

MCB 4905: Microbiology Undergraduate Research (1-4 credit hours)

S/U Only. Junior Standing, a 3.0 USF GPA, and a 3.0 Applied Major’s GPA are required for approval. Must complete a Research Contract prior to registration. Course approved for Microbiology Majors only.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Getting the opportunity to work in a professor’s lab is a privilege. Not all students interested in research will find a position. It is important that you prepare, before you contact a professor, and approach the opportunity as if you are applying for a job.

  • Read the professor's webpage to know what type of research that professor is conducting. Be sure to follow any particular instructions they have posted for interested undergrads. Links to the Biology faculty websites can be found below
  • Create a Curriculum Vitae (CV) which includes your Name, U#, USF GPA, Majors GPA, relevant coursework you have completed, and relevant experiences you have completed. If you need help creating a CV, please contact the Biology Advisors via bioadvise@usf.edu or by appointment. Make sure to bring this with you to your meeting with the professor

 

Many professors post flyers with information about research opportunities in their lab or lecture for the current semester, but some do not. If you are interested in specific areas of biology, take the time to investigate all the research being conducted by the faculty in both the Department of Cell, Molecular and Microbiology and the Department of Integrative Biology. If you see something that interests you, contact the professor via email to see if they have an opportunity in their lab.

CMMB Faculty Research

IB Faculty Research

Registering for CMMB/IB Research

Students wishing to participate in undergraduate research for Biology credit must complete an Undergraduate Research Contract. The student must complete the contract associated with their Biology department (CMMB or IB).

IB Undergraduate Research Contract 

CMMB Undergraduate Research Contract 

Once you have completed the top portion of the contract, turn it into SCA 203 for approval. As long as you meet the GPA and class standing requirements the contract will be approved. You will then need to complete the rest of the form with your professor and department. All instructions are on the forms

Other Policies

Research advisors for MCB hours must be a USF Microbiologist.
Student cannot receive payment for the project and BSC 4910/MCB 4905 credit.
Students cannot receive credit for both BSC 4910 AND Honors Thesis for the same work.
The project can not be retroactive (i.e., already completed).
The project can not be ‘transferred’ from another academic institution.
If the student will be completing the work outside of USF Bio, the student must make all arrangements with the secondary institution prior to receiving permission from the USF Bio Dept to pursue undergraduate research credit.