The Department of Biological Sciences provides research opportunities for students with a variety of backgrounds, interests and experience levels. For information on the department's newly revised Honors Program, please contact Dr. Teasdale or see the Honors web page, available at http://www.kean.edu/~biology/Honors.htm. For Independent Research in Biology (BIO 4961, 2, 3, 4), the Department of Biological Sciences requires three hours of your time per credit per week during the Fall or Spring semester. During Summer Sessions I and II, seven hours per credit per week are required, as these terms are only six weeks long. BIO 496X may be taken more than once, but note that only four total credits may be applied toward the major elective requirement, and a maximum of six credits may be applied toward graduation.
The Biology Department requires a written report (two copies), which is to be filed in the Department Office upon completion of the course. Some faculty may require a single co-authored report when more than one student is working on the same project. The format and content of your report will vary, depending on the nature of your research. If your project is successful, there may be opportunities for you to present your findings (either as a poster or an oral presentation) at local scientific meetings (the New Jersey Academy of Science, the Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium) or at national conferences.
Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors may enroll according to the following departmental criteria:
|Course||Eligible Students||Minimum Completed
|BIO 4961 (1 cr.)||Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors||8||2.5|
|BIO 4962 (2 cr.)||Juniors, Seniors||12||3.0|
|BIO 4963 (3 cr.)||Seniors||16||3.0|
|BIO 4964 (4 cr.)||Seniors||16||3.0|
Eligible students must have earned a "C" or better in all prior biology courses. In addition to these Department-wide requirements, a professor may have his or her own specific prerequisites (previous research experience, specific course prerequisites, etc.).
The most essential requirements for successful participation in undergraduate research, however, are your engagement, initiative, sense of responsibility, and genuine enthusiasm for the work. BIO 496X is not a requirement for any course of study in the Biology Department. Likewise, Biology faculty are not obligated to take on research assistants in general or to accept any particular individual into their lab. Thus, your collaboration is voluntary on both sides. If a faculty member accepts you as a student, s/he is assuming that you have a real curiosity about their lab's activities and will be participating to the fullest.
We invite you to explore independent research as a stimulating and enriching part of your Biology program at Kean. For a list of current faculty research interests, please click here.