Research Opportunities

Our faculty maintain active research programs and are committed to providing opportunities for students to become involved in undergraduate research in Biology and Marine Biology. As an undergraduate institution without graduate programs in the sciences, all of our science facilities and equipment are available for use for student research.

RWU Students can become involved in undergraduate research through a number of avenues:

  • Many faculty maintain externally funded research programs, and this funding usually includes stipends to support undergraduate students conducting research under the grants, both during the school year and during the summer.  Check with individual faculty members about opportunities in their lab
  • Students can apply for research funds through the CEED Student Research Grants (see below). These funds are awarded twice each year on a competitive basis for viable student research efforts. These grants are used to purchase research supplies
  • The Office of the Provost awards funds on a yearly basis to support undergraduate research. These funds can be used to support student travel to scientific meetings to present the results of their projects
  • RWU students with an interest in marine and/or biomedical sciences are eligible to apply for Rhode Island Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURFs) . These competitive fellowships provide students in the state of Rhode Island with a stipend to conduct research during the summer:

CEED Student Research Grants

2019-2020 AY Proposal Deadlines:

  • Fall semester: Friday, November 15, 2019
  • Spring semester: Friday, March 27, 2020

Each year the science faculty at RWU award research grants to undergraduate students to carry out independent research. Working with a faculty mentor, students write a research proposal, including a budget, which is then evaluated by a committee on a competitive basis. Funds are normally awarded twice a year (Fall and Spring semesters) for use in the following semester (Spring awards can be accessed over the Summer as well). Students participating in funded research efforts are expected to submit a progress report and a final report detailing the results of their investigation. As a condition of receiving these grants, students are expected to present the results of their research, either as an internal or external presentation. Some of these research projects may also result in student publications.

Interested in applying for a CEED grant?

If you are interested in conducting independent research, you must begin by carefully choosing a research topic in consultation with a faculty member in the departments of Biology, Marine Biology & Environmental Science or Chemistry.

Once you have a topic, you should conduct a thorough Literature Survey of the topic to become familiar with the current work being conducted in the same area.  After you have conducted the literature survey, you should narrow your focus to a well-defined question that you would like to answer with your research. Working with your research mentor, you should then submit a proposal which details the question you plan to address and how you are going to go about answering the question.