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 and around the world, in diverse locations including our field research station at the New Jersey School of Conservation, other New Jersey habitats, Ireland and St. Johns. The Department of Biology and Molecular Biology is housed in Science Hall, which 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.
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 out what faculty members are doing research that is exciting to you. This website is a good place to start - 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 BIOL 418 (Biology Independent Research). They can also participate in research through the Science Honors Initiatve Program (SHIP) and Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) programs. The department also has a strong externship program through which students can get research credit (BIOL-409) for off-campus career experiences.
Graduate students can take BIOL-599 (Introduction to Biological Research) or a MS 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 for more information. Student researchers may have the opportunity to present their findings at local, regional, national, or even international research conferences. Some students have authored or co-authored papers that have been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.