All faculty in the Biology department maintain active research laboratories and are committed to involving undergraduates in their work.
To see what kind of research opportunities are available, visit the faculty websites. There are opportunities in a variety of subdisciplines of biology — students and faculty do laboratory research in physiology, genetics, molecular biology and other areas. Research in ecology, evolution and aquatic sciences may include field work in forests, agricultural fields, coastal ecosystems or streams. Research can be carried out for 1 credit (3 hours/week), 2 credits (6 hours/week) or 4 credits (12 hours/week). A student may begin research as early as freshman year. The department also offers Honors and Distinguished Honors Research opportunities. Over half of Biology majors participate in research. It is not unusual for an individual student to carry out research as well as study abroad and do an internship.
Participating in research has a number of advantages — it is very satisfying to make new discoveries through one’s own hard work, critical thinking, and ingenuity. Research experience provides students with an opportunity to discover if a research career is right for them. Working closely with a faculty member and other students provides an opportunity for students to become deeply involved in the biology department. Further, research helps students learn laboratory techniques, hone their writing and speaking skills, and enhance their ability to work as part of a team; these are skills that are useful in graduate and professional schools and valued by employers. Each year, many student researchers present their work at the Ursinus College Annual Celebration of Student Achievement Day, as well as at regional, national, and international science meetings. Students publish their research in undergraduate research journals on a regular basis and have the opportunity to publish with faculty in professional scientific journals. Thus students become scientists even before graduating from college through their participation in research.
Immersion Science at Ursinus College (IS@UC)
Calling all high school students interested in learning more about cell and developmental biology, cancer and cancer research and gaining hands-on experience in a research lab. If you have a passion for learning, a love of science or want to know more about what it’s like to conduct real scientific research, then IS@UC is for you. Learn more here.
Breakfast in the bunkhouse on our first full day at at Las Alturas. We are fed very well.
The bird team took over the bat team’s study table, on the side porch of the bunkhouse.
Carter and Megan watching the bord team at work.
Measuring the tail feathers of a Green-fronted Lancebill.
Measuring wing area of a Green-fronted Lancebill.
male White-ruffed Manakin
Measuring the bill of a Green-crowned Brilliant.
female Violet Saberwing
female Violet Saberwing
Paco, the resident stallion, was an attentive host.
Paco showed a collegial interest in our work. Or perhaps he thought the poster was edible.
Measuring the wing of a White-tailed Emerald
A White-tailed Emerald rests before flying away.
female White-ruffed Manakin
The butterfly team complie their list of species captured (and released) thus far.
Liz making entries in her field notebook.
Megan and Tucker at work.
Students with Paco
Saying goodbye to the animals at the bunkhouse
Students getting ready to head into the forest
a small anolis lizard
A student with Paco
After lunch a group set out on the trail into the forest that leads to a cascada.
A strangler fig.
Students in the rain forest
High elevation rain forest as seen from the waterfall trail.
We made it to the cascada.
Students at the cascada
Lauren enjoying the view of the cascada.
Sunset over the mountains.
Common Paraque: an insect-eating bird of the night.
Measuring the wing of a Common Paraque
Dinner in the Las Cruces bunkhouse.
Notice all the field guides on the table. The next quiz on the guides is just one day away!
Surprizingly chilly for the tropics.
Tom tells his favorite tale.
As the sun sets, the bat team starts to work.
8:16 PM: Study and conversation before lights out at 9. Las Alturas is a remote site with no internet connection, so be prepared for a wait before photos and stories appear on this page.