BIOS 399: Independent Research (2 hours)

BIOS 399 is a great idea for any student who intends to pursue a research field or attend a graduate or professional school! This course gives students the chance to complete supervised research and obtain 2 hours of credit.

Students must choose a researcher to act as their supervisor. The work may be completed with one of our Biological Sciences faculty members or with a faculty member from another department on UIC’s campus. You select the faculty member you want to work with. You may find a suitable match by browsing the BIOS faculty on this website, or by using the Undergraduate Research Experience website. It is your responsibility to find a research supervisor. The department will not place students into labs.

In order to register for BIOS 399, students must submit both an Application for Independent Research and a proposal. Please review theBIOS 399 Student Handbook for information about how to write the proposal. The application and proposal must be signed by the faculty mentor and submitted to the Biological Sciences department in 3272 SES by 12 PM on the add/drop deadline for the semester. Once the Department receives the application, it will be reviewed and the student will be notified of their approval to register for BIOS 399. 

To obtain 2 hours of credit, students must meet the following three expectations:

  1. Students must work at least 10 hours/week in the lab (20 hours/week in the summer semester).
  2. Students must attend any mandatory workshops or seminars throughout the semester.
  3. Students must submit a final research paper at the end of the semester that is written in the style of peer-reviewed scientific journal article.

Prerequisites: Minimum of 2.00/4.00 cumulative GPA in Biological Sciences courses, consent of faculty mentor, and departmental approval.

Grading: Satisfactory/unsatisfactory grading only. BIOS 399 does not affect a student’s GPA.


Instructions for Fall 2018:

First Time BIOS 399: Complete an Application for Independent Research and proposal. Applications for Fall 2018 semester are due to the Department by 12 PM on Friday, September 7, 2018.

Deferring BIOS 399 Credit:  Complete a Deferral Form and Deferral Notice. Review the information in the BIOS 399 Student Handbook for instructions on how to write the Deferral Notice. This must be submitted to the Department no later than 4 PM on Friday, December 7, 2018. Once the deferral has been submitted, students will receive notification of their approval to re-register for BIOS 399 in the upcoming semester.

Submitting Final Paper: Please follow the instructions in the BIOS 399 Student Handbook for writing your final paper. You must attach a BIOS 399 Cover Sheet to your final paper. All final papers must be submitted to the Department by 4 PM on Wednesday, December 12, 2018. Late papers will not be accepted and will result in an Unsatisfactory grade.