Biochemistry Department

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Undergraduate Research Opportunities

The College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences strongly encourages undergraduates to pursue research opportunities. A major teaching strength of the College is its dedication to undergraduate research. A large percentage of UCR’s science majors participate in either internships or undergraduate research, and a majority of UCR graduates go on to advanced degree programs. Though some students find research not as personally fulfilling as they may have envisioned, many are so captivated by their experiences that their career plans become focused on research. For others, laboratory or field
research serves to strengthen their commitment to a scientific career. All who participate gain greater understanding of the processes that are fundamental to the advancement of scientific knowledge.

If you have an interest in carrying out a research project, there are several ways to go about it. Courses 197 and 199 in the CNAS departments are designed to introduce students to research while earning their academic credit. In these courses you will plan and conduct a research project, and submit a written report for completion of the course. The most important prerequisites are interest and enthusiasm. Do not worry about having a research project "mapped out" before approaching a faculty member or an advisor. Just pay attention to what interests you. Then, talk to a faculty member directly or seek advice from your advisor at the CNAS Undergraduate Academic Advising Center. Grants are available to help underwrite the cost of conducting a research project. Or you may be able to earn a salary or stipend while acquiring research experience through a summer research program.

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Department of Biochemistry
1463 Boyce Hall

Department Chair's Tel: (951) 827-3598
Fax: (951) 827-2364
Email: Biochem@ucr.edu

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