At the University of Scranton, students participate in research through a number of different venues:
Faculty-Student Research Program (FSRP)
This program gives students an opportunity to be involved in research projects in which faculty are engaged. Students receive transcript recognition (as Biology 097), but do not receive academic credits that count towards their degree. There is no cost for the FSRP, and the program is open to all students in good academic standing (including freshmen).
To participate in the program, students must identify a faculty member with whom they want to work. This is best done by talking to individual faculty members directly about their research interests, or by consulting the website. The faculty member can give information on research projects and any student prerequisites.
When a student and faculty member agree to work together, they complete a learning contract that outlines the nature of the research, the tasks involved and the work hours . Students are required to commit a minimum of one full semester/term to FSRP, and may continue to work beyond this. Students should expect to devote 60-90 hours per term to the research activities; however, the exact scheduling of the student's time may vary depending on the particular research needs, and the schedules of the student and faculty member
The Honors Program at The University of Scranton concentrates on directed independent work for selected students who desire greater depth and breadth in their education. The Honors curriculum is designed to fit into existing University course requirements and to support students as they move into increasingly independent work.
Participation in the honors program is by invitation. Outstanding sophomores will be invited to apply; following an interview and rigorous screening process, students accepted into the honors program will have a unique subset of courses. Senior Honors students are required to do a year-long, 6- credit research project, working under the guidance of a professor. Upon completion, the project is written as a thesis and defended before a board of three faculty members who judge whether it is of Honors caliber.
See a list of honors students mentored by Biology faculty here.
Research for credit (Biology 382/393)
Students may earn course credit for faculty-supervised research. Each science department offers Independent Research for varying numbers of credits. See individual course descriptions in the Undergraduate Catalog available at http://catalog.scranton.edu.
Students can volunteer in a research laboratory out of sheer interest and enthusiasm without getting any academic credit or transcript recognition. Students who wish to do so may make arrangements with faculty members.
President's Summer Fellowship for Research
Each summer the University offers six undergraduate student summer research grants. The $3,000 stipends are offered to provide students with the opportunity to engage in a research project with a full-time faculty mentor during a ten-week period. In addition to the $3,000 student award, $500 is allocated for materials and/or student travel. Student awardees also have a residence hall bed assigned free of charge during the research period. For more information see the link here. See our most recent awardee here.