All students do research during their first biology class at Lawrence. In Biology 130 – Integrative Biology: Cells to Organisms, students spend the last five weeks of the term planning and executing a research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor. The results of their projects are then presented in a symposium at the end of the term. After this introduction to collaborative research, many students work with professors on projects during the academic year and in the summer.
We are proud of the culture of undergraduate research at Lawrence. Students benefit greatly from practicing their discipline under the mentorship of faculty and are often transformed by this individualized learning experience. The research-rich atmosphere at Lawrence is one that welcomes unique individuals, nurtures diverse interests, provides personal attention, encourages open discourse and collaboration, values initiative, and celebrates accomplishment. Students have the opportunity to develop their own research projects and are encouraged to report their results in publications and conference presentations.
Collaborative student-faculty research is recognized as a key part of an education in biology and therefore supported by resources from Lawrence University. In addition, faculty have also been successful in procuring funding from external sources including the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Merck Foundation, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and others.