Biological Sciences Lab
Biological Sciences Lab
Biological Sciences Lab
Biological Sciences Lab
Biological Sciences Lab
Biological Sciences Lab

Participation in undergraduate research adds depth to the breath of the science curriculum and promotes active involvement in learning.

Students feel empowered by their experiences in the laboratory and by the analytical and problem-solving skills they acquire during their research collaboration with faculty members. In turn, faculty research is enhanced by the enthusiasm, ideas, creativity and results of the students. Many of our alumnae from the sciences cite undergraduate research with a faculty member as the single most influential factor in their choice of career.

Student Research Opportunities

During the summer, professors provide opportunities for students to conduct research in their laboratories. Past projects have included bacterial biochemistry and physiology, behavioral neurobiology, plant biology, aquatic ecology, evolutionary genetics, and much more. Students receive stipends from funds such as the Beckman Scholars Program, the Hughes Summer Research Grants, and the Mulhern Summer Research Awards.

Application Process
Summer Faculty Advisors and Research Projects

More Research Opportunities


Contact Us

Department of Biological Sciences
Science Center
Wellesley College
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481

Gary C. Harris
Professor and Department Chair
Tel: 781.283.3168 (for appointments)

Mary Helen McCollister
Administrative Assistant and Grant Coordinator
Tel: 781.283.3154

Karin Thomason
Administrative Assistant and Grant Coordinator
Tel: 781.283.3153


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