Excellence in Research

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Making Biology Come Alive

Excellence in Research is a life-changing experience that allows you to apply what you’ve learned in your undergraduate courses to “real life” problems that threaten our world. You will work at the cutting edge, using state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, with some of the best scientists in the nation. This capstone project is the culmination of your years at UCI, and for many students will determine their career direction for years to come.

~ Raju Metherate, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education

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About the Program

The School of Biological Sciences believes that successful participation in creative research is one of the highest academic goals undergraduates can attain.  Through these opportunities, our students gain a depth of understanding and appreciation for research at the highest level that cannot be obtained any other way.  Students enrolled in undergraduate research, and who meet eligibility requirements, have an opportunity to present their scientific data to the academic community at the Undergraduate Research Symposium by participating in the Excellence in Research Program. Those who successfully complete the program are rewarded with Excellence in Research in Biological Sciences and have their research published in the Journal of Undergraduate Research in the Biological Sciences.



Why Participate

Mentorship from world class faculty and scientists.  Publish your research in a scientific journal.  Distinguish your post-graduate applications and interviews.  Sharpen critical thinking, writing and oral communication.  Participate in a research symposium.


Program Links: 2023-2024 Excellence in Research Information Available Fall 2023


How to Participate 


Download Excellence in Research Packet 

Workshop Info - RSVP Form


Questions.....Please contact Susan Schafer or Christin Stephens in the Bio Sci Student Affairs Office.