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Biology Research Scholars & Associates


Biology Research Scholars

Students are encouraged to pursue research as part of their undergraduate education. Students who excel in both course work and research may be recognized as Biology Research Scholars or Research Associates. 

To qualify for the Research Scholars Program, you must:

  • achieve a minimum grade point average of 3.500 in all courses taken from UCD faculty, as well as in all UCD biology courses
  • participate in a research project, consisting of a minimum of six credit hours of independent study (BIOL 2840, 3840, or 4840), taken over at least two semesters
  • write a scientific paper describing the research
  • present an oral or poster presentation summarizing your research


To qualify for the Research Associates Program, you must:

  • achieve a minimum grade point average of 2.500 in all courses taken from UCD faculty, as well as in all UCD biology courses
  • participate in a research project, consisting of a minimum of three credit hours of independent study (BIOL 2840, 3840, or 4840), taken over at least two semesters
  • write a scientific paper describing the research or present an oral or poster presentation summarizing your research

Students who wish to become involved in  research should contact Dr. Leo Bruederle no later than their junior year, and preferably sooner.