The Department of Biology believes that students learn best and most enthusiastically when they are actually engaged in investigating biological systems, whether viruses, bacteria, plants, animals, people, or ecosystems.
In early courses, our students are required to design and execute their own experiments. Later in the curriculum, students read primary scientific literature, prepare research proposals, carry out their own research projects, and present the results in the form of a poster at the Science Undergraduate Research Symposium (SURS) in the fall and an oral presentation at the Belmont Undergraduate Research Symposium (BURS) in the spring. Students also attend conferences in the fall and spring to share their research with the broader scientific community.
Many of our alumni have told us that this introduction to research provided excellent preparation for their graduate and professional school experiences.