Student Research Opportunities

Conduct meaningful research your first year.

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Why Choose
Cedar Crest?
  • Personalized attention
  • Average class size <20
  • Women's leadership opportunities
  • Flexibility to add dual major, minor

Student Research Opportunities

Begin conducting meaningful research your first year at Cedar Crest.

At Cedar Crest, we believe that science comes alive when you put classroom and textbook learning into hands-on practice in the laboratory. That’s why all students in our biological sciences programs—biodiversity and conservation biology, biology, genetic engineering, neuroscience and nuclear medicine technology—conduct a research project during their first year on campus.

Cedar Crest Students

Our faculty—who have extensive experience as researchers and mentors—will help guide you through the process, offering you plenty of direction on how to use our state-of-the-art equipment properly and conduct valid research. You will also receive assistance from upper-class level student research directors who have been chosen for their knowledge and ability to communicate effectively.

As your lab skills develop, you will progress to independent, high-level research and you will be able to present your findings to prestigious scientific organizations at regional and national conferences. This opportunity allows you to network with a wide range of professionals in your field. Some students have also been authors on research articles published in peer-reviewed journals.

Here are some of the events at which our students have recently presented their research findings:

  • 111th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology 2011 in New Orleans
  • Evolution 2011 in Norman, Ok.
  • General Meeting of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science 2011 in Altoona, Pa.
  • Thomas Jefferson University Chapter Sigma Xi Student Research Day 2011 in Philadelphia
  • Regional Microbiology Educators 8th Annual Student Research Symposium 2011 at Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pa.
  • The Society for Conservation Biology Meetings 2011, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • 63rd Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences 2011 in Chicago
  • Annual Meeting of the American Society of Cell Biology 2010 in Philadelphia
  • 110th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology 2010 in San Diego


Cedar Crest Students at 110th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology 2010 in San Diego

Field Experience

Depending on your major, you will also have the opportunity to conduct short-term field studies with faculty in places such as the desert of Arizona and the coral reefs of the Caribbean. Through our affiliation with the School for Field Studies, some students may also spend a month or a semester conducting research on environmental and conservation-related issues at such destinations as Belize, Turks and Caicos Islands (Caribbean), Bhutan, Kenya and Tanzania, Australia and New Zealand, and Costa Rica. (These opportunities are subject to change.)