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Department: Biology


Programs and Opportunities

Notre Dame of Maryland University is located in the Baltimore-D.C. corridor, where a variety of opportunities exist for student internships and employment in government and university facilities.

Sister Alma Science Year

The biology department administers the Sister Alma Science Year, which funds student fellowships for a full year of research at the world-renowned Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. This program matches three Notre Dame science majors with laboratories doing cutting-edge biomedical research. Students receive a year-round stipend as well as summer on-campus housing. Participants have gone on to pursue graduate study at such top research institutions as Johns Hopkins, University of Maryland, and Cal Tech and have attended medical and dental school. Research results have been presented at Nancy Kreiter Student Research Day and in peer-reviewed journals.

Independent Research in Laboratory Courses

The small, and thus manageable, sizes of our laboratory courses enable students to undertake independent research projects of their own design. These projects, which are guided by instructors in each course, allow students to develop a sense of collaboration and scientific accountability. At the end of the semester, students present their research results in a department-wide poster session.

Independent Research with Biology Faculty Members

During the fall and spring semesters, professors provide opportunities for students to conduct research in their laboratories. Past projects have included bacterial biochemistry and physiology, behavioral neurobiology, aquatic ecology, evolutionary genetics, and much more. Students feel empowered by their experiences in the laboratory and by the analytical and problem-solving skills they acquire during their research collaboration with faculty members. In turn, faculty research is enhanced by the enthusiasm, ideas, creativity and results of the students. 

Alpha Xi Chapter of Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society (Tri Beta)

Alpha Xi Chapter of Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society (Tri Beta) is an active student organization that sponsors field trips, hosts speakers and provides a base of camaraderie for undergraduate majors.

Biology Department Seminar Series

The Biology Department Seminar Series features speakers from around the Baltimore-Philadelphia-D.C. corridor. Recent speakers have represented the National Institutes of Health, Smithsonian Institution, National Aquarium in Baltimore, and other sites. Many of the home facilities of our speakers have hosted students on paid or volunteer internships.

Internship and Research Opportunities

Biology undergraduates are encouraged to engage in research during the Fall and Spring semesters as well as during summer months. Students engaged in either on-campus or extramural research present their work at local and national meetings featuring undergraduate research. The University also hosts its own annual research symposium, Nancy Kreiter Student Research Day, in April. 

Research opportunities exist within the department and at many local institutions, including:

Carnegie Institution of Washington
1530 P Street NW, Washington, DC 20005
Student internships and employment

The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
600 N. Wolfe Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21287
Student internships and employment

University of Maryland School of Medicine
685 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Student internships and employment

University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
20 N. Pine Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Student internships and employment

University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center
20 S. Greene Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Student internships and employment

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, Maryland 20892
Student internships and employement.

NZP Conservation & Research Center
1500 Remount Road, Front Royal, VA 22630
Student internships

National Museum of Natural History
Constitution Ave at 10th St., Washington, D.C. 20001
Student internships and course field trips

National Aquarium in Baltimore
501 E Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21202
Student internships and course field trips

United States Department of Agriculture
Beltsville Campus, Beltsville, MD 20705
Student internships

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