Application Process

To initiate and complete the Undergraduate Research program in Biological Sciences, students should follow these steps:

STEP 1: Identify a faculty member who will agree to be your research mentor.

Identify a faculty research mentor and, in consultation with him or her, a research project for which you have primary intellectual and technical responsibility. The faculty member does not have to be in the Division of Biological Sciences, but the research must be in the area of the life sciences. Although opportunities to conduct undergraduate research are occasionally advertised via flyers or listservs, generally students must contact individual faculty to inquire about research opportunities for credit. The Office of Undergraduate Research, which serves as a central resource for research opportunities on campus, offers some tips on getting started as an undergraduate research intern. You are also also encouraged to consult with  Dr. David Schulz, Director of Undergraduate Research in the Division of Biological Sciences, about choice of faculty mentor and project.

Step 2: Schedule an appointment to talk with the Director of Undergraduate Research

Email the Director of Undergraduate Research (Dr. David Schulz; biohonors@missouri.edu) to set up an appointment to discuss your research project. Dr. Schulz will ensure the scope of your project is appropriate for research for credit and/or departmental honors and can answer questions you have about the process or requirements for completion. For those pursuing honors credit, this meeting also will ensure your research application (see below) is appropriately constructed and allow you to gather any other information you need on the scope and expectations of honors research.

If you have a GPA of at least 3.3 and completed or currently enrolled in 20 credit hours of course work in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, and Physics, then you are eligible to earn departmental honors for research, go to Step 3.

If you are planning to complete research for credit without departmental honors, go to Step 4.

Step 3: Complete Honors Research Application

If you have a GPA of at least 3.3 and completed or currently enrolled in 20 credit hours of course work in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, and Physics, then you are eligible to earn departmental honors for research. To apply for honors research — that is, BioSci 4950H or BioSci 4952H — you must first complete and submit to Dr. David Schulz, Director of Undergraduate Research, an Honors Research Application. This application consists of a structured abstract of the project on which you plan to work. The completed form should be emailed to the Dr. Schulz at biohonors@missouri.edu by February 1 (spring semester) or by September 10 (fall semester).

Step 4: Complete Guidelines and Agreement Form

Whether you are planning to enroll in BioSci 4950/4952 (that is, non-honors research) or BioSci 4950H/4952H (that is, honors research), then you must complete the Guidelines and Agreement for Undergraduate Research in the Division of Biological Sciences form. Note: This form requires signatures from your research mentor, the Director of Undergraduate Research (Dr. David Schulz), and a professional advisor from the Division’s Undergraduate Advising Office (Tucker Hall, Room 3), obtained in that order. The form must be signed by all parties by the “Last day to drop a course without a grade” in order to register for BioSci 4950/4952 or BioSci 4950H/4952H for the current semester.

STEP 3: Enroll in BIO_SCI 4950/4952 or BIO_SCI 4950H/4952H

Once a professional advisor has signed off on your Guidelines and Agreement for Undergraduate Research in the Division of Biological Sciences form, you will be given a permission number to enroll in BioSci 4950/4952 or BioSci 4950H/4952H.