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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. Biology Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (BSURE)

3. NSF-REU in Investigative Biotechnology

4. Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity at Harvard University

5. WKU Biology: Partners in Caring

6. Other opportunities mostly outside KY

Academic Year:

1. Research with Individual Faculty – speak to faculty directly

2. Biotechnologist Certification Program


4. Alltech Young Scientist Program


Biology Summer Undergraduate Research Experience - BSURE

A summer research program for WKU undergraduate students. The WKU Biology Department will provide up to $1,500 to cover research expenses for WKU Biology faculty-supervised research projects. All interested students are encouraged to apply.  Deadline is April 30, 2015.

Genome Discovery and Exploration Program at WKU.  Click here for more information


NSF sponsored Summer Research Opportunity in Investigative Biotechnology

Western Kentucky University is pleased to announce the establishment of a National Science Foundation REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) site. The overall theme of this summer research program is the interdisciplinary field of Investigative Biotechnology. Thirteen qualified faculty mentors from a wide range of disciplines (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Computer Science) will participate in the WKU REU program. Their research expertise spans broad areas of animal physiology, plant gene expression, microbiology, virology, biochemistry, protein structure and modeling, bioinformatics, neurophysiology and mathematical biology. Students will work closely with the faculty mentor and interact with graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and research technicians. The WKU Office of Scholar Development will present a series of workshops on graduate school applications, fellowship applications, and grant writing. By participating in the WKU REU program, students will gain knowledge in a variety of research areas and develop the skills needed to prepare for graduate studies. For additional information, program requirements and to apply, please visit:


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 for details on this and more.


WKU Biology: Partners in Caring

Student Application for Partners in Caring: Kenya 2013/2014 Western Kentucky University A Service Learning Course. For more information contact Dr. Nancy Rice.

Click here for information meeting agenda.

Application (The application deadline is October 30, 2016.)


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


Biotechnologist Certification Program

Each semester five students will be selected to participate in an accelerated laboratory training course, learning many of the essential benchtop procedures used in biological research labs.



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:

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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