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Undergraduate Research

One of the advantages of choosing to major in Biochemistry is the opportunity to conduct research with faculty members in the department. Most biochemistry laboratories are relatively small and offer an excellent research learning enviroment for undergraduates. Research in the department covers a wide range of topics from cancer biology to protein structure studies.

In addition to in our Department, you can do research in many other labs including in the School of Medicine or in one of the research labs at the Cleveland Clinic, UH hospital, or Veterans Affairs Hospital (click this BSTP faculty list link as one way to find about 200 of these exciting research lab opportunities). While most students take research for credit in their junior year (BIOC 391), the more productive students start already volunteering in research labs much earlier, some even in their freshman year. Starting early will maximize the opportunities that Ohio's top research University and affiliated top hospitals have to offer you and increase your chances of co-authoring your findings in a scientific publication (which will for example help grad school and med school applications). This research volunteering can occur either during regular semester(s) or summer(s).

Regarding research for credit, typically students sign up for 3 credit hours of Biochemistry Research (BIOC 391), for which they spend 10 hours per week in the laboratory doing hands-on experimental research. Many students also perform research full time during the summer between their junior and senior years. Students working during the summer can receive a stipend and have the opportunity to apply for a number of research fellowships such as the Department of Biochemistry's Hanson Summer Research Scholar Program or through the Case SPUR program.