A Northwestern professor talks with students on the campus green.

Research & field experiences

At Northwestern

Northwestern biology professors are involved in their own research and often invite students to participate as Junior Scholars or summer research assistants. You’ll earn a stipend working together as peers and possibly be included as a co-author when the professor publishes or presents research findings. For example, student researchers are assisting Dr. Sara Tolsma with two ongoing research projects: the exercise benefits of dietary chocolate and the ecological isolation of mayfly habitats in Iowa.

Off campus

Students can part of a school-year or summer research team with Drs. Laurie Furlong and Todd Tracy as they study the impacts of eastern red cedar and the invasive European buckthorn on local ecosystems.

Science students can also spend summers doing paid research at universities across the U.S. Your Northwestern professors will help you find and land fellowships in labs conducting research funded by the National Science Foundation and NIH. Science students have joined university research teams studying cancer, neurobiology, and DNA replication, repair and mutagenesis.