One of the advantages of a 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 environment for undergraduates. Research in the department covers a wide range of topics from cancer biology to protein structure.
You can also conduct research in many other labs in the School of Medicine or in one of the research labs at area hospitals, including Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals or the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center. The BSTP faculty list is one way to learn about more than 200 exciting research labs). Biochemistry majors should check with their advisors for help in choosing a lab. If you have not declared a Biochemistry major, contact Dr. David Samols to check if a lab is a good fit.
While most students take research for credit in their junior year (BIOC 391), many students start volunteering in research labs much earlier, some even in their first year. By starting research early, you'll maximize the opportunities that Ohio's top research university and affiliated top hospitals can offer you. And, you'll increase your chances of co-authoring your findings in a scientific publication, which could help with grad school and med school applications. You can volunteer for research either during regular semesters or the summer.
Students who perform research for credit usually sign up for 3 credit hours of Biochemistry Research (BIOC 391) and spend 10 hours per week doing hands-on experimental research. Many students also perform full-time research during the summer between their junior and senior years. Summer students can receive a stipend and have the opportunity to apply for a number of research fellowships, including the Department of Biochemistry's Hanson Summer Research Scholar Program or CWRU's SOURCE program.