Research Experiences

Research Experiences

For science majors, research experiences provide rewarding, hands-on opportunities to meaningfully engage in laboratory and field settings. FSC students are encouraged to participate in research experiences both in and out of the classroom across a variety of disciplines.

What are the benefits of undergraduate research?

  • Enhances student learning through mentoring relationships with faculty and professionals
  • Provides a fun opportunity to increase career and graduate school preparation
  • Develops critical thinking, creativity, problem solving and intellectual independence
  • Develops an understanding of research methodology
  • Some opportunities, such as summer REUs, may provide the opportunity to travel to new places and meet new people (and many include a stipend and housing)

Research Opportunities

Summer REUs

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) are structured research opportunities taking place across the US (and the world). Many opportunities, although not all, come with a stipend and housing. Eligibility and length of experience varies.

Faculty/ Student Collaborative Research

Many Faculty members partner with undergraduate students to complete independent research projects. Consider speaking with your faculty advisor or another member of the FSC Faculty regarding research opportunities for summer (which might include a stipend) or during the academic year (no stipend).


Research Internships

Many science internships will have a substantial research component. Review the internship opportunities on the internship and volunteering page for more information on local, national, and even international research-based internships in STEM fields.

Research Courses

Multiple FSC courses have a research component including Honors coursework and senior research requirements. See your faculty advisor for more information about courses you can take that include a research opportunity. You can also review courses in the FSC Catalog.

Additional opportunities exist beyond the opportunities those listed above. Students are encouraged to discuss research interests with their faculty advisor and the Director of Career Development.

Report your Experiences

FSC students majoring in Biology or Chemistry must report all extracurricular activities (even those not being completed for academic credit) to the Director of Career Development.

Report research experiences

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