Research in the Department spans the entire discipline of physiology, from the genetics of behavioral traits to the assessment of human performance. A list of these laboratories is available at the research page. There are four ways that undergraduate students can participate in some of the research activities conducted in our laboratories:

  1. Participate as a subject in a study that is performed on human volunteers. See research for more information.
  2. Volunteer to assist in a laboratory. Most research studies in the Department are performed by graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and research assistants, and they can often use another pair of hands for various tasks. You can develop some useful laboratory skills by being a volunteer.
  3. Sign up for independent study (IPHY 4860) so that you obtain credit for a supervised research experience. Many of the laboratories in the Department are willing to provide undergraduate students with research experiences that require 1-6 credits worth of work.
  4. In consultation with a director of one of the Department laboratories, apply for financial support from the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program ($1,000-$2,000 for Assistantships; $1,500-$3,000 for Individual Grants). You must be a full-time student (12 credit hours; freshman through senior) to apply. Applications are generally submitted from July 1 until January 31.
  5. BSI Scholars in STEM Undergraduate Research is a program that pays you to perform research, attend seminars related to the research experience, and present your findings at the end of the term. Applications for the May-August 2017 award term are due by March 20.

To determine which laboratories are seeking human subjects, those with volunteer opportunities, and those willing to organize independent study and UROP applications, contact Marsha Cook ( in Clare 113.