Research Opportunities for Cell and Molecular Biology

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At Grand Valley State University, research, scholarship, and creative activity are essential components of the university's mission as an institution of higher learning. All Cell and Molecular Biology majors are required to do at least 3 credits of research; with the option to do more. To get started on your research process, please talk with your advisor.

Research Approval Process

To register for research credits, you need to:

  • Fill out a short form in the CMB/BIO office (3300A KHS)
  • The Graduate Program Diector will review for approval
  • Register for CMB 499 through Banner, once you receive approval from the Program Director
  • Fill out a form for the GVSU faculty member, if you are working with one, in order to fund supplies for research

Research Options

1. Here with a GVSU faculty member (from a variety of departments),

2. With a mentor at the Van Andel Research Institute (VARI) or with MSU faculty housed at the Institute,

3. Elsewhere in the country (or world) through an established program (see the CMB website for suggestions), or

4. Via an internship situation you identify which is approved by GVSU.

Opportunities for Undergraduates

Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) is a 1-year program designed to help participants strengthen their candidacy for admission to the nation's strongest biomedical sciences Ph.D. programs.

GVSU Student Summer Scholars

Van Andel Research Institute

Michigan Health Science Undergraduate Research Academy

National Science Foundation

Perrigo Undergraduate Fellowship Program The 2016 fellowship runs from June 13 to August 19. The application deadline is February 19.

University of Michigan-SMART program

University of Nebraska Summer Research Program

Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine MSUCOM SUPER Program

Karmanos Cancer Institute Undergrad Summer Research Fellowship Paid Summer Internship. Due date is January 20, 2016. Details see Dr. Dawn Clifford Hart at

The University of TX MD Anderson Caner Prevention Research Training Program

Loma Linda University School of Medicine Summer Research Programs

University of Maryland STAR (summer training and research) Program

Paid Summer Undergraduate Research Placements

Over 800 programs -- NSF REU, NASA and other paid summer research opportunities for undergrads  

For Financial Support in Graduate School

Fellowships and graduate programs in a wide variety of STEM disciplines

For tips on applying and associated resources 

For opportunities specifically in the Ocean Sciences

Research Support

Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence


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