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Research Opportunities

The Biological Sciences Department at MSMU is the second largest undergraduate department on campus and offers a strong academic program.

Summer Research

Summer Research Programs offer students an opportunity to participate in scientific discovery, travel to major Research Institutions throughout the country, and network with students, faculty and scientists. Our students are awarded summer research fellowships at the most prestigious research-intensive universities in the country, including Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Columbia, UCLA, UCSF, and NYU.

Students participating in Summer Research Programs travel to their host institution where they will carry out ten weeks of biomedical research. Research projects are conducted in conjunction with a mentor, and students are encouraged to think independently and creatively. At the conclusion of the program, students will have their own data which they will then present at campus, state and national conferences during the academic year.

Deadlines for applying to Summer Research programs are December through March, depending on the program.

For advice on how to apply to summer research programs:  Click Here

For a list of links to hundreds of summer research opportunities:  Click Here

On Campus Research

As an integral part of the Sciences at MSMU, all students working towards a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences have the opportunity to participate in ongoing research projects under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Our current research projects are described below.

Project #1
Stacey Peterson, PhD (Biological Sciences Dept.)
"The mechanism of a bacterial enzyme involved in pathogenesis" 

Project #2
Deniz Cizmeciyan, PhD (Physical Sciences & Mathematics Dept.)
“Solid-State NMR as a Molecular-Level Probe to Study Chiral Reactions in Zeolites”

Project #3
Eric Stemp, PhD (Physical Sciences & Mathematics Dept.)
“DNA-Protein Crosslinking caused by Oxidative Damage to DNA”

S4 Scholarship 

“To meet the national need for a globally competitive STEM workforce, the National Science Foundation (NSF) established the Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program. The program seeks to increase the success of low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need who are pursuing associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).”
In 2016, Mount Saint Mary’s University was awarded the NSF S-STEM grant for its undergraduate science majors (NSF award ID 1564677.) Our grant, Supporting STEM Scholars to Succeed (S4), provides financial support for a total of 18 MSMU science majors for four years. Each student scholar receives up to $8,500 of academic funds per each year. In fall of 2017, MSMU Science departments will offer eight S4 Scholarships to academically talented & financially disadvantaged first-year science students. And, in spring of 2018, ten more sophomore science students will be selected for this scholarship. The deadline for first-year S4 application submission is March 1st, 2017 and for sophomore applicants is April 1st, 2018.