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Biology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

The Department of Biology offers a number of possibilities for students to engage in research. Each of our faculty have an active research program and many are able to incorporate undergraduate students into their research programs. Depending on the research, students may become involved year round, during the academic year or in the summer. A student interested in conducting research (we have a particular course, Biology 399 established just for this opportunity) should speak with faculty members whose research interests them.  The Bio 399 Research Contract below must be completed to participate in research with individual faculty.  In addition, students may apply to conduct research in programs that take place through WKU and elsewhere.

BIO 399 Research Contract (please open in Adobe Reader or Adobe Pro)


Summer Programs:

1. Research with Individual Faculty – speak to faculty directly

2. Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity at Harvard University

3. WKU Biology: Partners in Caring

4. Other opportunities mostly outside KY

Academic Year:

1. Research with Individual Faculty – speak to faculty directly


3. Alltech Young Scientist Program


Cary Insitute of Ecosystem Studies

Click here for more information.


The Stone Laboratory

Ohio State University's Island Campus on Lake Erie, offer Research Experience for Undergraduates Program, scholarship opportunities, and summer employment options.  See http://stonelab.osu.edu/ for details on this and more.


WKU Biology: Partners in Caring

Student Application for Partners in Caring: Kenya 2017/2018 Western Kentucky University A Service Learning Course. For more information contact Dr. Nancy Rice.


Other Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Biology (mostly outside KY)



The purpose of KBRIN is to enhance the capacity, capability and resourcefulness of biomedical-researchers and -educators in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. KBRIN is a collaborative effort supported by 13 institutions. The activities of the KBRIN-affiliated institutions are directed towards enhancements in basic science and biomedical research, particularly in the area of genomics.


Alltech Young Scientist Program

For more information, please go to:  http://www.alltech.com/about/careers/internships

Click here to view Alltech Young Scientist Program flyer.


  • Candidates must complete an application form and submit a resume
  • Applicant will be subject to interviews
  • Full-time and part-time internships are available

Application Deadlines:

  • Summer (May – August) - February 1
  • Fall (September – December) - June 1
  • Winter/Spring (January – April) - October 31

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 Last Modified 4/20/18