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The Biology Department offers a unique opportunity for outstanding undergraduate students to become involved in original scientific research under the guidance of an experienced scientist. Through hands-on experience in a scientific study—from the formulation of an idea through the planning and conduct of an experiment, the collection and analysis of data, to the presentation of the work to the public—students learn how science works. Although it is not guaranteed, many undergraduate researchers prepare and present their work at student symposia at CSUN, at local, regional, and national scientific meetings, or even as a formal publication in a scientific journal.
All full-time faculty members accept undergraduate students into their labs. To join a faculty member's lab requires his or her permission; if interested, make an appointment and discuss the possibility with the professor. To learn about the specific interests of CSUN's Biology professors, check their websites.
On the websites identified below you'll find general information about the nature of research currently being conducted at CSUN in:
A program operated jointly with UCLA provides an unusual opportunity for stellar undergraduates to become involved in stem cell research. Information about the program is available at the CSUN-UCLA Bridges to Stem Cell Research Program website.
Several federally funded programs support the research efforts of students who belong to a race or ethnicity underrepresented in the sciences. In some cases, a monetary stipend helps support the student’s work. To learn more about these programs and if you qualify, contact the MARC, MBRS, RISE office: 818-677-4981.