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Undergraduate Research

Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

The University of Illinois is at the forefront of biochemical research. The Department of Biochemistry’s new Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) offers students from other institutions the opportunity to learn alongside some of the best scientists in the world.

Check out this information on eligibility and how to apply for the next summer’s Paid Research Experience for Undergraduates.

Biochemistry Undergraduate Research

Senior Research is strongly recommended for the Biochemistry degree. Performing research allows you to apply principles learned in the classroom to a research problem. Your experience in the lab, working with a faculty mentor and with graduate students and post-docs, will provide you with invaluable experience as a member of a research group. The experience will also enhance your understanding of biochemical principles covered in advanced courses, further preparing you for graduate work or a career. Graduate programs and prospective employers place strong emphasis on undergraduate research experience.

You can receive Biochemistry Specialized Curriculum course credit for research by taking BIOC 290, BIOC 492, or any combination of these. Before enrolling, you must identify a Biochemistry faculty member who will supervise your research. Start by reviewing the research interests of our faculty.

BIOC 290

Independent Laboratory Research

BIOC 290 provides Biochemistry majors an opportunity to receive credit for a supervised laboratory research project conducted under the direction of a Biochemistry faculty member. BIOC 290 provides a great opportunity to get a head start on your senior thesis research. Although not mandatory, it is highly recommended.

Biochemistry 492

Senior Thesis Research

BIOC 492 is an opportunity to work in a research laboratory during your senior year. The experience is valuable especially if you are considering professional or post-graduate education. Participation in the program is contingent upon completion of the Biochemistry core courses (MCB 354, and BIOC 455).