Research experiences build critical scientific skills that are highly valued both by employers and graduate/professional school admission committees.
All biochemistry majors complete an independent research project at IUP under the direction of a faculty mentor. Two credits of research (BIOC 482) are required for graduation. See the guidelines for BIOC 482 for more information.
The research experience provides students with
Students are strongly encouraged to seek out additional research experiences. There are a number of possibilities, including:
Most of these programs are designed for undergraduate students who have completed two to three years of study. Two resources for finding programs are:
Summer Research Opportunities: a list of programs from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)
REU Search Site: search for Research Experience for Undergraduates programs supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF)
Information on specific programs:
RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering): a program of the German Academic Exchange Service
SURP from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine interdisciplinary Biomedical Graduate School
See a list of recent summer research activities of IUP Biochemistry majors to get an idea of what students have done.
Sample locations of internships that IUP Biochemistry students have experienced:
Allegheny General Hospital
U.S. Department of Agriculture
National Institutes of Health
Merck Research Laboratory
Neogen Screening, Inc.