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Summer Research Opportunities

Beloit Biology and Biochemistry majors participate in a variety of summer research opportunities and internships.  Some of these summer experiences include Beloit-sponsored programs such as the Beloit Summer Biomedical Research Scholars Program, the McNair Scholars Program, and the Sanger Scholars Program.  Beloit students have also participated in summer research programs at other colleges, universities and research institutes around the country including Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) programs funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Opportunities for Conducting Research

  • Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU): Search for an REU opportunity at numerous institutions across the country.
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Programs listed at the website of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).
  • Beloit Summer Biomedical Research Scholars Program: An eight week summer program that provides a stipend for Beloit students to engage in summer biomedical laboratory research conducted at Chicago-area research universities. Most of the opportunities are 8-week experiences (but some are shorter).
  • Beloit Summer Scholars Program: Opportunities for summer 2016 are available in astronomy, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer science, geology, and mathematics.  Many projects will accept more than one student, so you will work on a team of researchers.  In addition to conducting research with a faculty mentor, you will also participate in activities with other student researchers that aim to strengthen your professional skills as a scientist.
  • Sanger Summer Research Fellows Program: An eight week summer program open to returning students in all disciplines. Students work collaboratively with a Beloit faculty mentor on an original research project in their field and present their research at a Sanger summer symposium. Students receive a stipend, research funds, and room and board on campus during the program.
  • McNair Scholars program provides an opportunity to engage in a faculty-mentored research project and participate in graduate school preparation workshops for low income and first generation college students and students with backgrounds underrepresented in graduate schools. 
  • LAPC and Duffy Internships:  Many Beloit students participate in internships during the academic year or the summer arranged through the Liberal Arts in Practice Center (LAPC) and the Duffy Community Partnerships program. For more information, contact Carol Wickersham (, Duffy Partnerships Coordinator and Director of Community-Based Learning. 

Opportunities for Presenting Research

  • Annual Student Symposium & International Symposium:  Each semester the college sponsors an all day symposium at which Beloit students share their research with the rest of the Beloit College community. The fall International Symposium focuses on research or experiences with an international theme or conducted while studying abroad, whereas the Spring Symposium presentations encompass any research project topics. If you have conducted a significant piece of research that you would like to present to a wider audience, please talk with a member of the faculty about sponsoring your presentation.
  • Midstates Consortium for Math and Science:  Beloit College is a member of the Midstates Consortium, an association of 12 liberal arts colleges and two research universities, which promotes undergraduate educational and research opportunities in the sciences and mathematics.  Beloit students routinely present their research at the annual Midstates Undergraduate Research Symposia hosted at either University of Chicago or Washington University in St. Louis.