Undergraduate Research

Students in Gonzaga's Biology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, and Physics departments have the opportunity to enhance their college experience through independent research in a faculty mentor's laboratory. Gonzaga's programs in the sciences provide opportunities both over the summer and during the academic year for hands-on laboratory training. For more information on the many types of research being conducted at Gonzaga, see the Faculty Research Interests page

General Information

In the Biology department, the Research Concentration provides research-interested students additional advising and research experiences, as well as additional classes in mathematics and participation in local outreach programs.

In the Chemistry and Biochemistry department, the Senior Thesis provides a year-long independent research project for students during their senior year.

Funding for summer research projects is provided by the Gonzaga University Science Research Program (GSRP) and grants to individual faculty members. In addition, research can be done for academic credit.

We have a limited number of paid positions each semester, and sometimes it takes more than one semester to receive a position. All application materials are submitted on-line to Angie Hinz and will be available from this site at the appropriate time. You will receive updates about the process through the Major LISTSERV. Note the important dates below.

Application Fall Spring Summer
Available August Early November Mid-January
Due Second week of Semester Around Thanksgiving Break Mid-February

Here are some suggestions to make you more competitive for the next round of awards:

  1. Be ready to commit to 5 hours per week and have a plan for how research is going to fit into your other academic commitments.
  2. Always go and talk to a prospective mentor prior to listing them on your application. Faculty need to know you are genuinely enthusiastic about the research before they will agree to be your mentor. Explain to them why you want to do research, where your own passions lie and how a position in their lab will help you in you in your future career (whatever that may be...).
  3. Consider volunteering or working for credit. If you can show a faculty member what an asset you will be to their lab, you are much more competitive for a paid position when one becomes available.
  4. Continue to take a wide variety of courses, and do well in them. Show that you are a competent student who is able to take on the additional challenge of independent research.
  5. Biology majors are encouraged enroll in the Research Concentration.

Options for independent research

Academic Year Stipend Award

  • Semester assistantships pay $715/semester for ~5 hours/week spent doing research
  • Several awards are available: St. Francis, Tripp, Nakamaye, Slobogean and McDonald

GSRP Supported Assistantships (Summer Only)

  • Summer assistantships are $4400 for an entire 10 week summer. In special situations, students may work for less than 10 weeks and paid accordingly. Students may also work for a combination of credit and pay.”

Grants to Individual Faculty Members

  • Some faculty have grants to support undergraduate research in their labs.
  • These positions do not have a time limit, and the hours per week and salary are decided on each individual case.
  • If you are particularly interested in a faculty member's research, please contact them to see if this an option.

Research for Credit

  • The type of research may be either in the lab, or a directed reading.
  • The student must fill out an Application for Independent Study for BIOL498 or CHEM390. Forms are available from Angie Hinz.
  • Typically 1 credit is awarded for 5 hours of work per week.

Research as a Volunteer

  • The research mentor must approve working with the student.
  • Students will be registered for BIOL/CHEM 395 for zero credit.
  • Typical commitment is 5 hours of work per week.

Research Off-campus

  • For a listing of some of the research options off-campus, see Get Off-campus!
  • Many deadlines are in Fall semester - don't put off your applications!

For more information contact Angie Hinz, Research Coordinator, at hinz@gonzaga.edu or visit HU118.