In addition to undergraduate course instruction, the Department of Biological Sciences places great emphasis on undergraduate research, which is one of the defining characteristics of our department. For decades, NKU students have been an integral component of faculty research in a variety of roles and research methods, such as bench research (in the lab), field research (data collection outside of the lab), writing grant proposals for research funding, and presenting research at state, regional, and national meetings (such as the Kentucky Academy of Science, Beta Beta Beta, and Posters on the Hill).
Experience the Basics
Before pursuing research opportunities, students should have a basic foundation in Biological Sciences, which generally includes at least one semester of college work (to acclimate to college life), and successful completion of BIO 150/L (ensuring exposure to basic laboratory skills).
Research projects are made possible by funding and resources sought by the faculty researcher. The following are the different forms of compensation for undergraduate research and how you can find these opportunities.
Look into NKU Biological Sciences' faculty research projects. If a project or topic interests you, contact the faculty researcher directly (generally by email) to request more information. Share with them why you're interested, relevant experiences you've had (if any), your career goals, etc.. A simple email can open the door to a lot of opportunities.