Research & Internship Opportunities Biology Furman University

Whether you're interested in examining a molecule or an entire ecosystem, you'll find something exciting to study in the wide range of undergraduate research and internship opportunities offered by the Biology department. Maybe you'll study a neurodegenerative disease. Or how environmental conditions have impacted different species of fish. Regardless of your interests, the broad expertise of our faculty will have you covered.

Our faculty serve as mentors and collaborators for these experiences, involving you in their research and helping you initiate your own projects. Indeed, all majors are required to participate in a research project or an internship. When you graduate from Furman, you won't just know some biology. You will have begun your training as a practicing biologist.

If you'd prefer to work off campus, there are a number of opportunities available through internships and off-campus research. Internships may originate from the Internship Office or through one of our contacts. Our students tend to get involved in an internship that complements their professional interests, but others are excited by the challenge of trying something different. Our faculty serve as advisors to these opportunities.

Explore your opportunities:

Faculty research

  • William Blaker: Neurobiology; gene expression in short-term memory
  • Renee J. Chosed: Molecular Biology; modeling human disease in yeast
  • Dennis Haney: Environmental Physiology; fish responses to landscape change
  • Eli Hestermann: Cell Biology; gene regulation in cancer cells
  • David M. Hollis: Animal Physiology; genetic determinants of neural development
  • Gregory P. Lewis: Ecosystem Ecology; effect of land cover on water quality
  • Min-Ken Liao: Microbiology; ecology of aquatic and soil bacteria
  • Travis W. Perry: Community Ecology and Conservation; effects of apex predators
  • A. Joseph Pollard: Plant Ecology; metal hyperaccumulation and bioremediation
  • John Quinn: Conservation Biology/Sustainability; bird conservation in agroecosystems
  • Jason Rawlings: Immunology; genetics of T-lymphocyte activation
  • Alison Roark: Environmental Physiology; endocrine disruptors and sex determination
  • Laura Thompson: Plant Science and Ethnobotany; traditional agriculture and sustainability
  • Victoria Turgeon: Cell Biology; nervous system development
  • Wade Worthen: Community Ecology; determinants of diversity in insect systems

Internships and Off-Campus Research

Furman's internships mesh with the goals of Furman's liberal arts program, adding another component to your holistic academic experience. The Biology department has contacts at many sites in the Southeast, and we regularly recommend students for internships or research experiences at these facilities. Talk with these faculty about specific opportunities.

Furman Advantage

Furman Advantage, one of the few programs in the country that directly funds student internships, gives competitive fellowships for students who would otherwise receive little or no payment. Find out how we can fund your internship.

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