At Grand Valley State University, research, scholarship, and creative activity are essential components of the university’s mission as an institution of higher learning. Excellence in teaching at the university level depends upon active scholarship by faculty members. Through basic and applied research, CMB faculty members contribute to the development and application of knowledge, create a dynamic environment for learning, and contribute to the economic progress of the region that it serves. To get started thinking about research, please talk with your advisor.
All CMB majors are required to do at least 3 credits of research; you can do more (and most majors do). To register for these credits, you will fill out a short form in the CMB/BIO office (212 Henry Hall) which will then go to Dr. Staves. With his approval, you will be able to register for CMB 499 through Banner. If you will be doing research with a GVSU faculty member, he/she may ask you to fill out a second short form at the same time for funding for supplies for your research.
There are several opportunities to learn about research options, and there are many options as to where you do the research:
1. Here with a GVSU faculty member (from a variety of departments),
2. With a mentor at the Van Andel Research Institute or with MSU faculty housed at the Institute,
3. Elsewhere in the country (or world) through an established program (see the CMB website for suggestions), or
4. Via an internship situation you identify which is approved by GVSU.
Page last modified October 19, 2011