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During the summer, funded by faculty research grants or working toward independent study credits or honors theses, students work closely with John Carroll biology faculty on original research, either assisting faculty on current projects or through developing their own project. Through these experiences, students are able to develop their research skills and explore various specializations within biology. Student-led and faculty-mentored research projects have led to student research presentations at university, regional, and national conferences, as well as student authored or co-authored publications in peer-reviewed journals.


For more information visit this short document about how to get involved in research, both and off campus. The document talks about how to access research and internship programs, includes links to a lot of different opportunities, both regionally and nationally, and has some tips on making your applications more competitive.

The Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit, hospital and medical research facility with a national and international reputation. Each year, students conduct original research alongside biomedical researchers in various fields. Through this program, students conduct experiments, collect data, and present their work at John Carroll’s Celebration of Scholarship and, in some cases, at regional or national conferences. Through this program, students hone skills gained in their John Carroll biology courses and learn new techniques. Students receive a $3,600 stipend for the 10-week summer program.

Academic year and summer internships for credit in environmental education and natural resource management are offered on a competitive basis to JCU biology and environmental science majors at Shaker Lakes Nature Center; students interested in this opportunity should contact Dr. Sheil.

Summer research opportunities also are available locally through the Kirtlandia program at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, MetroHealth Hospital, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, the Holden Arboretum, and the Cleveland Botanical Garden.

Summer research internships are available on a competitive basis through the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates Program.

Ecologically-oriented internships and field assistant positions (both paid and volunteer) can be located by searching the ECOLOG Archives.

The University of Cincinnati’s College of Medicine holds a yearly Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program for students interested in biomedical research.

Hints for Finding Research Opportunities

Here are some helpful hints for finding opportunities in the sciences and opportunities specifically for those interested in ecology and environmental science.

Relevant articles from Science regarding summer internships and why you should pursue one:

Working with biology faculty

On-campus research

If you are interested in working with John Carroll faculty, please visit their individual websites to learn more about their research.