Our department is made up of highly skilled faculty with national and international recognition as researchers in their fields. Information about their research areas can be found on the faculty page and their individual web sites. Our faculty conduct research on campus in many different facilities like the Center for Quantitative Obesity Research, the Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Laboratory, the Institute for Sustainability Studies, and the Passaic River Institute. We aren't just on campus, our reach extends around the world in diverse locations both nearby, our field research station at the New Jersey School of Conservation and other New Jersey habitats, and abroad like in Ireland and St. Johns.
The Department of Biology is housed in Science Hall, a facility that includes well-equipped research laboratories, teaching laboratories and prep rooms, a greenhouse, and faculty/staff offices. Research is funded by agencies including the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, U.S.G.S., SeaGrant, and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. When using the labs it is important to know the safety protocols, information which can be found on the Safety Manuals & Resources page.
Student Research Opportunities
As a student in our department, you have many opportunities to pursue independent scientific research with faculty members. The first step is to find faculty members that are doing research exciting to you. Each faculty member has a web page that describes their research and publications. Contact and visit those faculty members you find interesting - you might get a chance to conduct exciting new experiments!
Undergraduates can get academic credit for independent research by enrolling in Biology Independent Research (BIOL-418) or utilize our strong externship program through which students get real-world career experience in addition to research credit, Externship in Biological Research (BIOL-409). You can also participate in research through the Science Honors Initiatve Program (SHIP) and Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) programs.
Graduate students can take Introduction to Biological Research (BIOL-599) or Master's Thesis (BIOL-698). Both involve independent research under the direction of a faculty member; the thesis involves a longer, more in depth research experience. Graduate students in our programs are strongly encouraged to conduct thesis research.
Scholarships may be available to support students conducting research; see our scholarship page to see available scholarships. Student researchers have the opportunity to present their findings at local, regional, national and even international research conferences. They have also authored and co-authored papers published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.