Fort Hays State University > About FHSU > Academic Divisions > College of Health and Life Sciences > Department of Biological Sciences > Undergraduate Research
Your education at Fort Hays State University can involve more than learning in a classroom. Research experience in the Department of Biological Sciences is available for undergraduate students, including students enrolled in the Kansas Academy of Math and Science (KAMS). Undergraduate students at all levels are encouraged to talk to their advisor or instructors regarding biology research opportunities.
Many undergraduate students conduct research in biology at FHSU, even during their first year. Moreover, many of our students present their research results at meetings of scientific societies in Kansas and elsewhere, and they publish their work in scientific journals. Research experience is extremely valuable. Students often remark that research experience can transcend experiences in the classroom by giving them a better understanding of the process of science. This process begins with asking relevant questions and forming hypotheses to be tested through experiments, during which students gather and analyze data. The results of this work are disseminated to others, typically through poster or oral presentations and published manuscripts. All of these steps are helpful for students, whether their goals are to pursue research, teaching, administration, or professional school. Skills learned during biology research are universally valuable across a wide range of disciplines, so even students who ultimately do not pursue a degree in biology participate in our research activities. While not a requirement in our degree program, there are opportunities to earn elective hours for research projects. Financial support for the research and travel to professional meetings is usually available. If you are interested, contact your advisor or instructor today to learn about research opportunities in the FHSU Department of Biological Sciences.