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B M B 496 Independent Studies (1-18) Creative projects, including research and design, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.

Independent Research:  B M B 496

Jessica Meyers Awarded Gail Wasserman Undergraduate Research FundsAs a university, Penn State has a vigorous and extensive research enterprise. Faculty are awarded grants by government and private agencies to conduct research in the many academic disciplines within the university structure. Undergraduates who qualify are invited to participate in the on-going research programs of BMB faculty. Typically, between 70 and 80 students are engaged in undergraduate research (496) during the Fall and Spring semesters. Most of these students are juniors and seniors. Participation in undergraduate research requires that an application be submitted which is reviewed by faculty members selected by the student.

Applications must be submitted by the 8th week of classes for 496 positions to be filled the following semester. The deadline for admission to summer and fall semester positions will be the eighth week of the preceding Spring semester.

Application Deadlines:

  • Summer/Fall 2019: Friday, March 1, 2019
  • Spring 2020: Friday, October 18, 2019


Procedure for applying:

Step 1:  Review guidelines for arranging an independent research position.

Step 2:  Review the faculty research interests and student selection criteria list.

Step 3:  Select four faculty laboratories with whom you would be most interested to
work with and indicate them on the application.

Step 4:  Submit your application by the posted deadline.

Hear what students say about their research experiences: