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A Guide to BIOS and NEUR 310


!!COVID-19 message: in-person labs at many institutions are closed or at risk of closing to undergraduate researchers. Please do not apply for off-campus research credit unless your primary or back-up research entails methods that can be performed remotely (e.g. “dry-lab” projects in computational neuroscience or bioinformatics such as neural-nework analyses, genomics, expression analyses, phylogenenetic analyses, molecular modeling, tissue image analysis). If your fall research lab is on-campus, talk with your Rice professor to determine if there are back-up remote projects available to you in the event of closure or quarantine.

BIOS 310* and NEUR 310 are independent study research courses for Rice Undergraduates offered by the Department of BioSciences at Rice University. Students find a research lab on campus or elsewhere in the Texas Medical Center, participate in an ongoing research project with the lab and then complete a final paper or poster on their research. This page is to guide you through the process of searching, registering, and participating in scientific research during your undergraduate career.

How do I use this site?

In the sidebar labeled ‘Table of Contents’, you will find the relevant information to get you started with undergraduate research, as well as information to help you as you progress. Below is a summary of what’s in each section.

  • Getting Started¬†– As the title says, this section is to help you get started on undergraduate research. How do you find out what research is being done in Houston? What is the etiquette of asking to join a lab? Should I even do research? All of these questions are discussed here.
  • Finding Research Opportunities¬†– Here, we get into more details on finding labs on and off campus, and the benefits/drawbacks of such a choice. The application process for the courses are described in detail.
  • Off Campus Research – We’ve compiled all the information you need to know here for if you decide to do research off campus.
  • Course Expectations – This page contains the traditional syllabus material; overview of course assignments, workload expectations, and Rice resources for those enrolled in research for credit. what the course assignments are, what the workload is supposed to be, and what resources at Rice you can draw upon.
  • For Research Advisors – While Rice has expectations for the students that take this class, faculty advisors that take on undergraduate researchers are expected to provide mentorship. This page helps prepare faculty for that role. This page will also assist those seeking to recruit new undergraduate researchers.
  • Contacting the Instructors – Information on how to contact or meet the BIOS 310 and NEUR 310 Instructors


Application Forms

If you are already familiar with the process of registering for the course, you may use the links below to send in your application to receive credit for research. If this is your first time doing BIOS 310 or NEUR 310 for credit, please read through the above described sections to learn about the process.

*The course BIOC 310 was renamed BIOS 310 in Fall 2020 but retains the same structure and requirements.