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Biology Student Research

Wittenberg's Biology Department has a deep commitment to student research. We encourage students to engage in one-on-one research opportunities with faculty throughout their college experience. These experiences are especially important for students who plan to apply to graduate school programs, as many require previous research experience. Students have the option of participating in an ongoing project with a faculty member or creating their own research project. These projects vary both in scope and topic to suit the needs of the individual. Students can conduct research during the academic year, or seek internal funding to conduct their research during the summer months. Many students begin research as early as their sophomore year, and more than half of our Biology majors complete independent research projects with faculty mentors before they graduate.

Students also have the opportunity to complete smaller research projects as part of their coursework for a significant number of biology courses. These projects often take 3-8 weeks of laboratory time to complete, and include the collection, analysis of data, and presentation to the class. Some of these projects are suitable for students to publish abstracts of their work and present their findings at regional scientific meetings. 

Wittenberg students present their research in some of the leading regional and national scientific meetings, including:

  • Association of Southeastern Biologists
  • Kentucky Academy of Science
  • Marine Benthic Ecology
  • Midwest Ecology and Evolution Conference
  • Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference
  • Midwest Undergraduate Research Conference
  • National Conference for Undergraduate Research
  • National Speleological Society
  • Ohio Academy of Science
  • Ohio Physiological Society

Wittenberg students have also recently published their findings in leading national and international journals, including:

  • Acta Zoologica
  • American Journal of Botany
  • American Journal of Tropical Medicine and
  • Hydrobiologica
  • Hygiene
  • Annals of Anatomy
  • Applied and Environmental Microbiology
  • Copeia
  • Crustaceana
  • Journal of Comparative Physiology
  • Journal of Cave and Karst Studies
  • Journal of Crustacean Biology
  • Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
  • Journal of Medical Entomology
  • Journal of Morphology
  • Journal of Traumatic Stress
  • Medical and Veterinary Entomology
  • Plant and Soil
  • Psychological Reports
  • Theiogenology
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