Biology research and internship student in scuba gear underwater

Biology faculty-student research

At Cornell, you have the opportunity to work closely with biology faculty on research projects during the academic year and in the summer through the Cornell Summer Research Institute. You will immerse yourself in a learning community while living on campus over the summer. You'll also participate in career development workshops to enhance your chances at a research career after graduation. Most importantly, the real-world experiences gained can help you decide if a career in scientific research is right for you.

Recent biology research examples include:


biology research

Evolutionary biology of flies

ecology research

Ecology and diversification of neotropical flies and their parasites

Parkinson's disease

biology research

Effects of magnesium ion channels on Parkinson's and ketamine as treatment for major depressive disorder

parkinsons research

Cell degeneration in Parkinson's disease


monarch research

Milkweed and Monarch butterflies 

monarch butterflies research

Milkweed and Monarch butterflies

Additional areas of study

turtles research

Tracking hatchling and juvenile ornate box turtles in Iowa

fire coral research

Climate change (warming of the ocean) and the impact on fire coral

Biology internships and fellowships

The One Course calendar enables you to participate in block-long internships, giving you the chance to take part in off-campus experiences tailored to your interests while earning credit toward graduation. Students have taken part in internships as close as the University of Iowa and as far away as Peru and India, and in metropolitan cities such as Denver, Houston, and Chicago.

The Berry Career Institute offers students access to internships, including in physicians offices, public health offices, and research laboratories. The Cornell Fellows program is the college's competitive, high-level internship program. Approximately 30 students each year take part in an eight-week fellowship focused around a hands-on project. They receive financial support to offset costs associated with their housing, transportation, food, and supplies. 

Recent research internships include:

  • Mote Marine Lab and Big Cat Rescue in Sarasota, Florida
  • Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Eureka Springs, Arkansas
  • The Iowa State Hygienic Lab in Coralville, Iowa
  • Child Family Health International in New Dehli, India, and Oaxaca, Mexico
  • The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota
  • Baylor College of Medicine in Houston
  • The Children’s Hospital in Aurora, Colorado
  • The University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore