"Undergraduate Research Brochure"
What can you do with Research? Steps for Research • Gain experience. • Meet and connect with biol- Step I: Find Your Interest ogy faculty. • A Research Opportunity Fair is E- Step III: E-mail Professors Whose Research Appeals to You • Build your resume. usually held each year in April. All current research is presented • Include in the e-mail: • Familiarize yourself with lab by the faculty or student faculty procedures. and is a great opportunity to find research. - Name and year. What does it take? • Find your interest through your - Resume: experience, courses taken pertaining to • Organization, cooperation, current biology courses and pro- research, and any other and communication. fessors. skills. • Patience. • Reading scientific journals may also provide insight into finding • Wait for a response and then make an appointment for an • A strong commitment and self- your interest in research. interview. motivation. Step II: Go to the Biology Depart- Step IV: Prepare for the Interview Outside Research Opportunities: ment Website Research opportunities can extend outside of the Loyola University Biology department. • http://www.luc.edu/biology/ • Know the background informa- tion for the research you are • For example, Non- • The Biology Department website interested in. Governmental Organizations offers a list of current faculty and (NGO’s), the state depart- their areas of research. • Make a list of questions you ment, museums, hospitals, and may have for the research posi- private laboratories can pro- tion. vide other opportunities. • Be prepared to answer ques- tions the professor may ask. • Dress professionally. Universal Questions to Ask • How much time commitment is required? • Is this position volunteer or A Guide to Biology Research pay-based? • What would be my duties on Biology faculty research pictures: gel the job? electrophoresis • Where is the research con- ducted? • What is the goal of the re- search and where is its cur- rent direction? Brought to you by the Loyola University Biology Council • Who else is involved with the research? Any other affilia- Loyola University Chicago Biology Department tions? Quinlan Life Sciences Center 317 6525 N. Sheridan Rd. Chicago, IL 60626 Phone: (773) 508-3620 Fax: (773) 508-3646 E-mail: email@example.com