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Research Opportunities

Biochemistry students doing reseach

Research experiences build critical scientific skills that are highly valued both by employers and graduate/professional school admission committees.

All biochemistry majors complete an independent research project at IUP under the direction of a faculty mentor. Two credits of research (BIOC 482) are required for graduation. See the guidelines for BIOC 482 for more information.

The research experience provides students with

  • A chance to put to work knowledge gained in class

  • A grasp of how new knowledge is discovered

  • Confidence in analytical and experimental skills

  • The opportunity to take part in the scientific process by designing and performing experiments and interpreting data

  • Expanded career opportunities

Students are strongly encouraged to seek out additional research experiences. There are a number of possibilities, including:

  • Informal research (not for course credit) — this may begin as early as the first semester
  • Summer research experiences

Most of these programs are designed for undergraduate students who have completed two to three years of study. Two resources for finding programs are:

Summer Research Opportunities: a list of programs from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)

REU Search Site: search for Research Experience for Undergraduates programs supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF)

Information on specific programs:

RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering): a program of the German Academic Exchange Service

SURP from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine interdisciplinary Biomedical Graduate School

See a list of recent summer research activities of IUP Biochemistry majors to get an idea of what students have done.

  • Internships

Sample locations of internships that IUP Biochemistry students have experienced:

Allegheny General Hospital

U.S. Department of Agriculture

National Institutes of Health

Merck Research Laboratory

Neogen Screening, Inc.

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