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Student Research

Student Research

Undergraduate Student Research:

About 40-50% of our undergraduate students conduct research with biology faculty.  Research projects may last from 1-2 years and focus on questions specific to each faculty member’s research lab.

Students can be involved in the research as part of the requirements for an Honors thesis, for up to 6 hours of biology course credit, or if they are interested in a general research experience.

Research funding often comes from TCU College of Science of Engineering Research Center (SERC)Most undergraduates present posters of their work at the Student Research Symposium (SRS) held on campus each spring.

The department also provides up to $500 for travel expenses for students to present their research at scientific meetings.   Students can receive travel support by applying for a Murphy Fund grant, named in honor of Dr. Clifford Murphy, a long-time biology faculty member.

Graduate Student Research:

For an MS thesis, graduate students conduct research for about one year under the guidance of a biology faculty advisor and committee.  Thesis research projects focus on questions specific to each faculty member’s research lab.

The Adkins Fund of the Department of Biology provides $3,000 for summer salary grants for MS graduate students conducting research. 

The department also provides up to $1,000 for travel expenses for graduate students to present their research at scientific meetings.