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. You might work on a wide range of ongoing research projects in the department.

  • Viruses and biofilms related to hospital environments
  • Molecular genetics of Parkinson’s disease
  • Coral bleaching
  • Conservation of threatened species including ornate box turtles and monarch butterflies
  • Condor research

Work closely with a faculty mentor in 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.

biology research


conservation research


ecology research


marine invertebrates research

Marine invertebrates

monarch research

Milkweed and Monarchs

monarch butterflies research

Monarch butterflies

turtles research

Box turtles

Off-campus biology research

In addition to work done on campus and during courses, many of our students take part in off-campus biology research at research institutions across the country, such as:

  • Emory University
  • University of Colorado Medical School
  • University of Iowa Genetic Laboratory

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. 

Cornell students have completed recent internships and fellowships at:

  • 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