LAKERS TOGETHER: Grand Valley is preparing for successful learning experiences when classes resume on Aug. 31. Learn more about the plan for fall in this handbook.
The top 10 responses from 249 students participating in undergraduate research (Lopatto 2003).
Expectations will vary, but for new students, the characteristics described below would describe a valued student researcher. As you advance through your academic program, expectations may begin to include more skills specific to an area of research (e.g., sterile technique, use of a microscope, identifying tree species, use of a GPS unit…).
If you plan to have extensive involvement in a research experience, discuss the possibility of enrolling for credit in Research in Biology (BIO 499). Up to 5 hours of BIO 499 can count as elective credit toward the biology major. Generally, 40 hours of experience equals 1 credit hour. You arrange these in advance with a faculty member and a registration permit is required to enroll in this course. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 in biology is required.
The summer provides time for faculty to dedicate more time to research and some faculty are looking for interested students to participate in summer research. Grand Valley State University has many funding opportunities through the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship. Other summer research opportunities are available through programs like REU – Research Experiences for Undergraduates.
After you have completed your research project, analyzed data, and written a final report you may want to present your work to others. Many of our students present posters or give oral presentations during Student Scholarship Day in the winter semester. Another local venue for student work is the West Michigan Regional Undergraduate Science Research Conference. Faculty attend regional, national, and international meetings specific to their research interests. You should inquire about the possibility of attending these meetings with your faculty mentor.