Are you looking to participate in research?  

If so, you can explore Undergraduate Research Scholarships for paid research work with a Biochemistry professor as early as first year. You can also register in Undergraduate Research Courses for Credit. These unpaid research experiences contribute to your degree as Biochemistry courses while gaining experience in a Biochemistry professor’s research laboratory.

You can also consider joining the Co-op program in Biochemistry for experience beyond Carleton University.   

Undergraduate Research Scholarships 

As you consider undergraduate research scholarships, you should explore research area of members of the Institute of Biochemistry and approach a professor to discuss research opportunities in their lab. Applications for scholarships are a joint effort between the student and faculty member.  

Dean’s Summer Research Internship (DSRI) 
Duration: 12 weeks, full-time
Term: Summer
Target: Students with first-year standing
Focus: Lab-based research
Application: February, by invitation only – DSRI 

NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) Program 
Duration: 14 – 16 weeks, full-time
Term: Summer
Target: Students with second-, third-, or fourth-year standing
Focus: Lab-based research
Application: February – NSERC-USRA 

Walker Summer Research Award
Duration: 16 weeks, full-time
Term: Summer
Target: Students with second-, third-, or fourth-year standing who have not yet completed their program of study
Focus: Lab-based research 
Application Procedure: February – The Walker Award 

Internship-Carleton University Research Experience for Undergraduate Students (I-CUREUS)
Duration: Up to 150 hours
Term: Fall, Winter, or spanning Fall and Winter
Target: All levels of undergraduate students
Focus: Lab-based research
Application Procedure: Approximately one month prior to start of term –  I-CUREUS 

Students as Partners Program (SaPP) Duration: Up to 130 hours, part-time or full-time, within a term
Term: Fall, Winter, or Summer
Target: All levels of undergraduate students
Focus: Teaching innovation project
Application Procedure: Approximately one month prior to start of term – SaPP 

Undergraduate Research Courses for Credit  

You can register in the following courses as part of your degree. To do so, you must first explore research areas of members of the Institute of Biochemistry and approach a professor to discuss research opportunities in their lab as part of an Undergraduate Research Course for credit. Once you have reached an agreement, please submit the Undergraduate Research Courses for Credit form to confirm your interest.
BIOC 2400 – Independent Research I
BIOC 3400 – Independent Research II
BIOC 4901 – Selected Topics in Biochemistry

Capstone courses are final-year research experiences. They are sometimes called Honours Thesis Courses or Honours Research Projects. If you are in an Honours degree, you must complete one of the two capstone courses listed below. You should start planning your capstone course in the Fall term of your third year.
BIOC 4907 – Honours Essay and Research Proposal
BIOC 4908 – Research Project

Co-op Program 

Carleton’s flexible and innovative Co-operative Education Program offers you the opportunity to apply your classroom studies in a job placement. Co-op placements can give you paid work experience in private-sector biotechnology firms, government and university laboratories, or pharmaceutical companies. 

In order to begin the co-op program, students must have completed at least two years of an Honours Bachelor of Science program. Co-op students complete at least three work terms during their degree program. Take a closer look at the co-op program requirement and work-study patterns for biochemistry programs.