One of the advantages of choosing to major in Biochemistry is the opportunity to conduct research with faculty members in the department. Most biochemistry laboratories are relatively small and offer an excellent research learning enviroment for undergraduates. Research in the department covers a wide range of topics from cancer biology to protein structure studies.
Most students begin research projects in the spring of the junior year after taking Introductory Biochemistry (BIOC 307). Typically students sign up for 3 credit hours of Biochemistry Research (BIOC 391), for which they spend 10 hours per week in the laboratory. Many students also perform research full time during the summer between their junior and senior years. Students working during the summer receive a stipend and have the opportunity to apply for a number of research fellowships such as through the Case SPUR program.